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.
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1
5,803 3,134
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
3,386 2,073
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

3
3,754 2,157
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
4,670 2,175
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
4,729 2,144
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
6,659 2,855
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
3,486 1,429
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

8
4,241 1,763
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
2,201 1,172
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

10
1,942 992
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
2,807 1,215
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
1,799 1,125
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
2,010 855
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

14
1,608 805
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,337 881
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
2,258 954
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
2,809 1,865
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

18
3,151 1,162
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

19
2,625 1,234
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

20
1,293 881
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
1,264 901
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
1,391 693
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,334 897
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
1,100 654
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

25
1,030 763
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
1,061 839
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays

27
1,121 632
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

28
725 651
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell New York Giants

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
1,052 721
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
1,071 626
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
631 640
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
840 603
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
572 378
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
929 787
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
746 492
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
672 491
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
668 640
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
454 518
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

39
522 443
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
575 500
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
524 716
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
314 289
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

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
556 504
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
310 457
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
343 222
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
443 399
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

47
561 377
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

48
407 473
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
475 572
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
347 296
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