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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
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
2
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps
3
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators
4
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds
5
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox
6
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
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
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals
9
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves
10
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox
11
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners
12
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels
13
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox
14
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians
15
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds
16
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants
17
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers
18
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians
19
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees
20
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles
21
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
22
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
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves
24
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels
25
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles