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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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786 314
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Pitcher

2
702 288
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Starting pitcher, Pitcher

3
454 143
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Pitcher

4
484 186
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Warren Spahn Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
501 180
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Pitcher

6
302 163
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Whitey Ford Pitcher

7
225 94
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell Pitcher

8
316 201
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Tom Glavine Starting pitcher, Pitcher

9
427 256
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
274 195
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

11
151 80
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Eddie Plank Pitcher

12
156 115
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Mickey Lolich Pitcher

13
133 87
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Hal Newhouser Pitcher

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114 57
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Guidry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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146 94
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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144 107
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Tommy John Starting pitcher, Pitcher

17
178 121
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

18
175 143
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue Pitcher

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77 33
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lefty Gomez Pitcher

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76 42
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

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134 130
Andy Pettitte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Andy Pettitte Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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138 91
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
StephenMaybach added Madison Bumgarner Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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84 57
Sam McDowell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
dewmaster added Sam McDowell Pitcher

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68 62
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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48 24
Dazzy Vance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dazzy Vance Pitcher

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72 50
Frank Viola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Frank Viola Pitcher

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90 66
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

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56 37
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dave McNally Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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67 50
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Cliff Lee Starting pitcher

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72 64
Rube Marquard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Rube Marquard Pitcher

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99 123
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Johan Santana Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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81 58
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Chris Sale Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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50 42
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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73 63
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
MikeHalpin4 added Cole Hamels Pitcher

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45 26
Preacher Roe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Preacher Roe Pitcher

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66 50
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added CC Sabathia Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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41 33
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Cuellar Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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71 73
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Frank Tanana Pitcher

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45 41
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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86 79
Jamie Moyer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
Jamie Moyer Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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67 68
Jim Abbott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
AD_Schwartz added Jim Abbott Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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81 98
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
David Wells Pitcher

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37 26
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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26 16
Wilbur Wood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Wilbur Wood Pitcher

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28 18
Rube Walberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rube Walberg Pitcher

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48 42
Al Leiter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Al Leiter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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47 47
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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74 78
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
jaysem1031 added Jon Lester Pitcher

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41 36
Jimmy Key is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Jimmy Key Pitcher

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32 25
Curt Simmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Simmons Pitcher