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.
list ordered by

1
5,215 2,694
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
2,988 1,731
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
4,211 1,792
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
3,313 1,805
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

5
4,247 1,811
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
5,967 2,573
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

7
3,048 1,214
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,770 1,500
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,898 1,043
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
1,663 856
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

11
2,499 1,084
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

12
1,599 937
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,711 766
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,371 710
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,997 808
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
1,129 786
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
2,547 1,618
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,821 966
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,341 1,080
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,125 769
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
1,087 790
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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22
1,182 625
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,214 758
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
923 598
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

25
872 704
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

26
937 672
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

27
994 508
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

28
596 596
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
747 498
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

30
472 289
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

31
837 664
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
868 583
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

33
644 398
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
594 401
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

35
914 557
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

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36
509 588
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

37
605 554
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

38
518 416
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
436 395
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
478 633
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

41
367 476
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

42
241 249
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

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43
500 398
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

44
249 409
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

45
432 502
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

46
295 226
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

47
434 439
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

48
344 436
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920

49
363 362
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

50
263 189
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts 1926