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 play pitcher.

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 of course, rerank 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.
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1
5,800 3,128
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
3,381 2,069
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

3
3,748 2,150
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

4
4,664 2,165
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Greg Maddux San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

5
4,720 2,141
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

6
6,649 2,852
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

7
3,478 1,424
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

8
4,233 1,760
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Pedro Martínez Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

9
2,196 1,170
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

10
1,938 990
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Warren Spahn San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
2,802 1,213
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

12
1,794 1,122
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

13
2,007 851
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

14
1,606 804
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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15
1,334 879
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

16
2,254 952
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,145 1,159
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

18
2,804 1,864
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
2,620 1,232
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

20
1,292 879
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

21
1,261 900
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles

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22
1,387 693
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,331 896
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

24
1,097 654
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

25
1,028 762
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

26
1,059 839
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays

27
1,119 630
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

28
723 650
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell New York Giants

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29
1,049 720
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

30
1,069 624
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

31
629 639
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

32
837 602
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dennis Eckersley Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

33
570 377
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

34
929 783
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

35
744 491
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

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36
670 490
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

37
666 639
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

38
452 517
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

39
519 443
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
575 498
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

41
523 715
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

42
312 289
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

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43
555 502
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

44
308 456
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kid Nichols Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

45
341 222
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

46
442 399
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

47
559 376
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

48
405 473
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

49
475 571
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates

50
346 295
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs