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
5,519 2,385
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
4,740 2,473
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,890 1,584
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
3,952 1,618
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
2,715 1,547
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
3,047 1,677
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
2,735 1,123
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,428 1,361
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
2,305 1,001
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

10
1,695 976
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

11
1,461 799
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,488 824
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,526 717
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,208 661
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,813 743
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
2,363 1,462
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
979 732
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,130 1,006
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,536 869
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,007 730
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

21
974 724
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,077 590
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,147 688
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
908 445
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

25
756 664
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

26
803 562
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
849 604
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
692 446
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
760 493
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
588 354
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
506 563
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

32
770 594
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

33
535 358
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
554 513
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

35
378 257
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

36
476 374
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

37
818 524
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

38
442 591
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

39
464 337
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

40
437 564
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
356 372
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

42
305 447
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
259 186
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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44
409 461
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

45
406 401
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

46
190 277
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

47
211 371
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
171 226
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

49
301 341
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

50
433 357
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Félix Hernández 1986