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
6,619 4,000
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
4,648 2,717
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

3
4,130 2,621
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
3,126 1,499
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
7,210 3,901
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

6
5,083 3,184
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

7
5,146 3,127
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

8
4,024 2,132
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

9
2,481 946
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

10
4,786 2,545
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

11
2,214 985
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

12
2,512 1,492
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

13
2,660 1,188
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
3,290 1,810
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
2,245 1,678
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
2,058 946
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

17
2,501 1,722
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

18
3,544 2,000
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

19
1,460 766
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

20
1,764 883
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

21
3,118 2,741
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

22
1,834 1,264
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

23
1,755 863
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

24
1,644 1,422
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
2,921 1,979
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

26
992 690
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
1,107 884
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,673 940
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
689 448
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

30
1,492 1,514
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

31
898 612
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

32
631 318
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

33
1,388 904
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

34
1,176 1,468
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

35
910 651
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

36
764 554
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
1,013 814
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

38
1,255 1,089
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

39
1,083 987
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

40
873 644
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

41
390 187
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

42
443 567
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

43
749 793
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
673 633
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

45
591 856
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

46
556 474
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

47
683 520
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

48
518 550
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

49
466 320
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chr15mccarthy added Arizona Diamondbacks

50
415 416
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs