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
4,824 2,864
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
6,785 4,175
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

3
4,252 2,821
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
3,313 1,608
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
2,682 986
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

6
2,407 1,030
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

7
7,269 4,177
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

8
2,754 1,516
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

9
5,142 3,432
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

10
5,196 3,371
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

11
4,097 2,309
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

12
4,833 2,778
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

13
2,902 1,209
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
3,492 1,857
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
2,401 1,776
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
1,660 807
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

17
2,242 1,003
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

18
2,001 894
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

19
1,971 1,376
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
1,994 876
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

21
3,590 2,241
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

22
2,528 1,954
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

23
3,162 2,982
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

24
1,715 1,594
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
2,964 2,192
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

26
1,109 807
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
1,821 1,038
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

28
808 550
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

29
1,136 1,096
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

30
774 381
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

31
1,013 693
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

32
1,516 1,696
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

33
508 197
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

34
1,488 1,004
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
1,000 736
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

36
852 617
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
1,186 1,627
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

38
1,164 1,018
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

39
1,044 895
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

40
1,274 1,181
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

41
465 643
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
894 724
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

43
763 873
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
693 706
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

45
602 932
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

46
567 542
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

47
704 591
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

48
529 615
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

49
356 107
Don Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

50
379 200
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
slaft added New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs