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
4,605 2,685
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
6,576 3,970
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

3
4,094 2,591
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
3,087 1,478
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
7,204 3,838
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

6
4,017 2,087
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

7
5,075 3,127
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

8
5,139 3,070
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

9
4,784 2,489
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
2,435 937
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

11
2,160 983
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

12
2,467 1,480
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

13
2,612 1,186
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
3,265 1,793
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

15
2,222 1,652
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

16
2,500 1,674
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
3,540 1,951
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

18
2,035 924
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

19
1,416 762
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

20
3,116 2,695
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

21
1,809 1,240
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

22
1,716 882
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

23
1,709 860
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

24
1,622 1,398
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

25
2,914 1,934
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

26
969 664
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
1,101 838
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,650 916
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

29
668 433
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

30
1,490 1,479
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

31
878 598
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

32
601 316
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

33
1,173 1,443
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

34
1,360 900
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

35
899 637
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

36
1,004 800
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

37
752 550
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

38
1,255 1,076
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

39
870 631
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
1,075 983
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
381 186
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

42
442 558
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

43
749 783
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

44
673 623
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

45
555 464
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

46
591 846
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

47
682 511
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

48
518 540
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

49
465 308
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chr15mccarthy added Arizona Diamondbacks

50
415 405
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs