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
2,792 1,584
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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2
5,627 2,438
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

3
4,835 2,517
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
3,962 1,622
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
4,029 1,652
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
3,118 1,700
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
2,786 1,148
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,501 1,401
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,744 987
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,358 1,017
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,499 811
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,516 839
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,562 729
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,241 673
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,857 758
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
2,408 1,489
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
1,007 743
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,590 894
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,170 1,031
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,027 746
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

21
1,007 736
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,104 600
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,167 704
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
933 459
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

25
774 673
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

26
821 572
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
875 619
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
707 459
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
789 517
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

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30
605 364
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
796 611
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
518 575
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

33
554 369
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
839 535
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

35
395 269
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

36
574 523
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

37
486 386
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

38
454 604
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

39
449 571
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
472 354
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

41
366 381
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

42
312 456
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
420 468
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

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44
271 197
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

45
415 410
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

46
419 351
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
jschro1861 added Jack Morris 1955

47
192 295
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

48
216 381
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

49
386 260
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander 1983

50
180 235
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876