MLB The Greatest Pitchers of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by

1
5,427 2,840
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
3,120 1,858
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,466 1,926
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

4
4,394 1,910
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
4,422 1,908
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
6,232 2,653
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

7
3,202 1,272
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,942 1,570
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,969 1,086
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
1,730 896
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

11
2,598 1,118
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

12
1,661 990
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,789 798
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,427 743
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,180 813
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
2,085 852
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
2,950 1,020
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,634 1,697
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,442 1,127
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,179 796
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
1,124 838
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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22
1,239 649
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,254 798
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
987 723
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

25
969 617
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
912 719
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

27
1,030 542
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

28
633 612
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
502 305
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

30
772 530
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
864 704
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
913 630
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

33
542 601
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
623 426
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

35
671 425
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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36
959 576
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

37
628 580
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

38
467 409
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
397 487
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

40
540 444
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
496 660
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

42
265 260
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
268 425
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

44
517 433
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

45
363 447
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920

46
442 527
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

47
385 374
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

48
315 248
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

49
453 463
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

50
288 197
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts 1926