MLB The Greatest Pitchers of All Time  

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List Rules MLB players known for excellent pitching, not just great players that happen to pitch.

Who are the greatest pitchers of all time? Trying to decide who is the absolute greatest MLB pitcher ever is challenging to say the least, but it can be done - right here. This list includes some of the best Major League Baseball players of all time, but it is by no means complete. Add anyone you think is missing, vote for your favorites, and re-rank this list in any order you choose. Each of the excellent baseball pitchers on this list can arguably be called the "best." Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. These are the famous pitchers who managed, with sheer skill, to outwit and beat some of the best hitters in baseball history, too. If you're interested in some modern-era baseball phenoms, check out this list of the best current MLB pitchers, and vote for the current players you think deserve the top spots.

list ordered by

1
6,778 4,163
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
4,811 2,858
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

3
4,240 2,811
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
3,302 1,603
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
2,667 985
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

6
7,264 4,160
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

7
2,391 1,030
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

8
2,743 1,512
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

9
5,138 3,420
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

10
5,192 3,357
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

11
4,091 2,299
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

12
4,828 2,766
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

13
2,890 1,208
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
3,480 1,856
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

15
2,392 1,772
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

16
2,231 1,001
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

17
1,649 806
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

18
1,989 894
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

19
1,963 1,373
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
1,983 875
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

21
3,585 2,231
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

22
2,526 1,942
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

23
3,157 2,968
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

24
1,711 1,584
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

25
2,960 2,182
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

26
1,107 796
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
803 543
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

28
1,811 1,035
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

29
1,131 1,091
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

30
769 376
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

31
1,006 693
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

32
1,515 1,692
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

33
502 197
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

34
1,486 1,001
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

35
997 734
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

36
849 615
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

37
1,185 1,624
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

38
1,162 1,016
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

39
1,042 893
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

40
1,273 1,177
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

41
463 641
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
893 722
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

43
762 871
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

44
693 703
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

45
602 930
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

46
566 541
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

47
704 590
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

48
528 614
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

49
356 106
Don Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

50
377 200
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
slaft added New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs