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 play pitcher.

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
5,606 2,971
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
3,608 2,037
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
3,237 1,956
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

4
4,560 2,020
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

5
6,433 2,729
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

6
4,516 2,030
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Greg Maddux San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

7
3,332 1,339
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

8
4,070 1,650
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Pedro Martínez Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

9
2,067 1,122
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

10
1,815 933
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
2,678 1,163
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

12
1,710 1,050
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

13
1,869 820
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

14
1,501 770
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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15
2,153 890
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

16
1,240 849
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

17
2,721 1,752
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

18
3,033 1,079
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

19
2,519 1,165
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

20
1,221 830
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

21
1,171 869
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles

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22
1,300 669
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,281 840
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

24
1,022 634
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

25
957 737
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

26
1,024 765
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays

27
1,070 578
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

28
669 627
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell New York Giants

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29
1,004 596
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

30
530 338
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

31
802 558
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dennis Eckersley Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

32
974 668
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

33
704 450
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

34
577 614
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

35
642 453
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

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36
897 738
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

37
645 603
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

38
487 426
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
420 499
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

40
557 461
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

41
510 681
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

42
285 273
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

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43
285 437
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kid Nichols Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

44
537 460
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

45
513 346
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

46
408 386
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

47
303 210
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

48
333 267
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

49
460 543
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates

50
382 458
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators