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List Rules Vote up the best left handed pitchers in the history of baseball

Who is the best MLB left handed pitcher ever? This list includes pitchers in the Hall of Fame as well as those who have not yet been inducted, but are truly great. It also includes players from all eras of baseball. They are responsible for coming in during crucial situations and preventing runs. This list has been ranked by baseball fans with the best Major League left handed pitchers of all time.

Major League Baseball is America’s pastime and from its pastoral beginnings, through to its professional urban setting today, it has always captured the imaginations and hearts of fans. Baseball is a game many Americans played as kids, and for that reason it always holds a special place in the American zeitgeist. Opening day each spring is something many baseball fans count down to all year long.

The best left handed pitchers of all time on this list include players such as Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn, and Sandy Koufax. The best left handers ever in Major League Baseball are all supremely talented at getting batters out in all situations. Through their careers these best starting pitchers helped their teams jockey for post-season position and win games.

Vote up the best left handed pitchers of all time or add the lefty pitcher you think is the best to have ever played if he isn't already on the list.
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575 189
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Seattle Mariners / Arizona Diamondbacks

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2
606 264
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers

3
380 148
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Warren Spahn Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Boston Braves

4
403 146
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Pitcher - Philadelphia Philllies

5
358 116
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Pitcher - Boston Red Sox

6
262 143
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Tom Glavine Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Atlanta Braves / New York Mets

7
232 126
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Whitey Ford Pitcher - NY Yankees

8
168 72
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell Pitcher - NY Giants

9
326 196
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers

10
143 104
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue Pitcher - Oakland Athletics

11
147 93
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Fernando Valenzuela Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers

12
72 36
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Guidry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
112 75
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Philadelphia Phillies

14
200 159
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder - NY Yankees

15
111 65
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Eddie Plank Pitcher - Philadelphia Athletics

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16
115 93
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Mickey Lolich Pitcher - Detroit Tigers

17
96 70
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Hal Newhouser Pitcher - Detroit Tigers

18
116 88
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Tommy John Starting pitcher, Pitcher - NY Yankees

19
97 59
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
StephenMaybach added Madison Bumgarner Starting pitcher, Pitcher

20
47 25
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

21
58 46
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
48 26
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lefty Gomez Pitcher

23
57 35
Frank Viola is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Frank Viola Pitcher

24
113 108
Andy Pettitte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Andy Pettitte Starting pitcher, Pitcher - NY Yankees

25
65 47
Sam McDowell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
dewmaster added Sam McDowell Pitcher

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43 25
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dave McNally Starting pitcher, Pitcher

27
75 54
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher - NY Mets / Minnesota Twins

28
39 27
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
34 16
Dazzy Vance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dazzy Vance Pitcher

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87 98
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Johan Santana Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Minnesota Twins/New York Mets

31
39 29
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
61 56
Rube Marquard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Rube Marquard Pitcher - NY Giants

33
39 29
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
33 19
Preacher Roe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Preacher Roe Pitcher

35
58 54
Jim Abbott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
AD_Schwartz added Jim Abbott Starting pitcher, Pitcher - California Angels/New York Yankees

36
39 33
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Cliff Lee Starting pitcher - Cleveland Indians/Philadelphia Phillies

37
68 64
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
jaysem1031 added Jon Lester Pitcher

38
41 32
Al Leiter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Al Leiter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
31 26
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Cuellar Starting pitcher, Pitcher

40
21 11
Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jim Brewer Pitcher

41
19 9
Wilbur Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Wilbur Wood Pitcher

42
48 39
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Chris Sale Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

43
29 19
Dutch Leonard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dutch Leonard Pitcher

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56 49
Billy Pierce is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Billy Pierce Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Chicago White Sox

45
25 12
Harry Brecheen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Harry Brecheen Pitcher

46
62 66
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Frank Tanana Pitcher - California Angels

47
27 18
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slaft added Claude Osteen Pitcher

48
21 12
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

49
71 67
Jamie Moyer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jamie Moyer Starting pitcher, Pitcher - Seattle Mariners / Philadelphia Phiilies

50
25 21
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher