MLB 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. 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
4,336 2,460
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
6,291 3,705
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

3
3,843 2,367
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
2,806 1,299
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
5,024 2,734
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

6
4,960 2,788
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

7
7,053 3,464
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

8
3,862 1,845
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

9
4,617 2,215
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

10
2,277 1,290
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
2,141 867
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

12
1,841 944
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

13
3,092 1,615
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

14
2,043 1,491
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

15
2,352 1,112
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

16
2,451 1,377
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,442 1,618
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

18
3,026 2,388
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
1,639 1,084
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
1,776 854
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

21
2,850 1,651
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

22
1,478 1,230
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

23
1,148 728
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

24
1,434 860
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

25
1,457 795
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

26
803 604
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
967 751
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,452 1,276
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

29
1,457 861
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

30
535 360
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

31
1,144 1,250
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

32
1,235 838
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

33
724 553
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

34
1,212 985
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

35
477 266
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

36
693 497
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

37
799 596
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

38
954 759
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

39
830 594
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

40
1,025 943
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

41
418 521
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
719 746
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

43
643 589
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

44
335 167
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

45
534 433
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

46
574 812
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

47
496 510
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

48
645 474
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

49
607 618
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

50
430 271
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chr15mccarthy added Arizona Diamondbacks