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.

1
6,142 3,539
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
4,168 2,351
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

3
3,703 2,272
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

4
2,629 1,242
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
4,889 2,597
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Greg Maddux San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

6
4,957 2,551
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

7
6,967 3,270
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

8
3,753 1,718
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

9
4,498 2,078
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Pedro Martínez Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

10
2,200 1,160
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
1,968 840
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

12
3,036 1,448
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

13
1,687 920
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

14
1,959 1,394
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

15
2,244 1,044
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller Cleveland Indians

16
2,412 1,227
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,366 1,462
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

18
2,955 2,229
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
1,545 1,005
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles

20
1,685 771
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Whitey Ford New York Yankees

21
2,799 1,510
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

22
1,412 1,133
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

23
1,021 702
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell New York Giants

24
1,298 840
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

25
1,342 756
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

26
1,427 1,161
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

27
889 708
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
723 563
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

29
1,119 1,145
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

30
1,350 813
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

31
471 329
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

32
693 499
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Smoky Joe Wood Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

33
1,188 911
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

34
1,189 798
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

35
769 556
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

36
933 721
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dennis Eckersley Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

37
814 559
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

38
659 476
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

39
441 246
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

40
411 484
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kid Nichols Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

41
982 926
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

42
710 711
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

43
626 560
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

44
564 779
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

45
302 158
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Lefty Gomez New York Yankees, Washington Senators

46
506 423
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

47
474 496
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

48
617 448
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

49
595 592
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

50
388 349
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs