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 play pitcher.

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
5,645 3,006
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
3,263 1,981
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

3
4,546 2,058
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Greg Maddux San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

4
3,634 2,066
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

5
4,588 2,048
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
6,473 2,760
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
3,359 1,357
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

8
4,102 1,673
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
2,098 1,131
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

10
1,844 947
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
2,703 1,176
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
1,728 1,066
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
1,894 827
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

14
1,520 778
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
2,175 898
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

16
1,262 856
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

17
2,740 1,775
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
3,056 1,097
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

19
2,546 1,181
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

20
1,233 842
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
1,183 880
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
1,318 673
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,288 853
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
1,038 639
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

25
972 740
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
1,034 781
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays

27
1,082 593
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

28
680 634
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
1,017 604
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

30
538 348
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

31
810 569
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dennis Eckersley Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

32
992 678
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

33
588 622
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

34
714 460
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

35
651 463
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

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36
904 749
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

37
650 613
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
494 433
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
426 507
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

40
562 472
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
514 691
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
293 279
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
543 474
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
290 446
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
315 215
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
416 392
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

47
525 356
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

48
337 276
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

49
465 553
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
387 465
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators