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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
5,375 2,294
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
3,859 1,562
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,793 1,528
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
4,604 2,420
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
2,963 1,646
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

6
2,627 1,516
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
2,658 1,096
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,347 1,304
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,640 957
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,246 989
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,424 783
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,450 802
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,482 704
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,181 644
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,763 721
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
2,144 1,389
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
963 713
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,070 977
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,458 842
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
976 718
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

21
939 711
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,049 579
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,121 674
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
740 653
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

25
878 438
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

26
776 550
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
817 590
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
670 435
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
728 468
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
497 556
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
752 578
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
568 344
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

33
518 348
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
537 502
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

35
367 250
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

36
463 363
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

37
435 579
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

38
801 515
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

39
447 323
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

40
430 555
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
350 366
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

42
298 440
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
248 172
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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44
400 453
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

45
397 391
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

46
524 257
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

47
185 266
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

48
206 366
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

49
294 335
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

50
423 345
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Félix Hernández 1986