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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. Featuring starting pitchers, players known for throwing the fastest pitches and cool curveballs, Black pitchers, left handed pitchers, and more, our rankings include old baseball legends and the new players currently pitching today. Who are the most famous pitchers in the world? Are your favorites in the top 25? Get your votes in, and let's see who's the best of the best.

Each of the excellent baseball pitchers on this list can arguably be called the "best," but they're all names every baseball fan should know. 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
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox
2
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians
3
Grover Cleveland Alexand... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals
4
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds
5
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds
6
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees
7
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals
8
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
9
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals
10
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants
11
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves
12
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox
13
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
14
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps
15
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles
16
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels
17
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees
18
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators
19
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs
20
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators
21
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners
22
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves
23
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles
24
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers
25
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox