MLB The Greatest Pitchers of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by

1
2,798 1,589
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
4,844 2,519
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
5,633 2,444
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

4
3,969 1,625
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
4,035 1,654
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
3,120 1,704
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
2,790 1,151
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,509 1,403
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,746 990
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,362 1,020
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,503 813
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,517 843
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,568 730
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,245 676
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,859 761
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
2,419 1,491
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
1,009 746
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,597 897
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,172 1,036
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,009 739
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
1,028 751
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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22
1,108 602
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,169 708
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
935 464
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

25
777 676
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

26
824 575
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
877 624
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
710 463
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
795 519
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

30
606 367
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
798 615
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
520 577
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

33
558 370
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
842 537
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

35
397 270
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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36
576 524
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

37
487 386
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

38
455 604
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

39
449 572
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
472 356
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

41
367 382
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

42
313 457
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
420 470
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

44
272 198
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

45
417 411
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

46
419 352
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
jschro1861 added Jack Morris 1955

47
217 382
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
192 296
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

49
386 262
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander 1983

50
180 236
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876