Greatest Pitchers of All TimeGranted, the list is primarily comprised of pitchers who played after World War II even though there are many pitchers who put up staggering numbers prior to that period, but it is hardly a fair comparison to include the earliest pitchers who played in a far less competitive era when many of the best players weren?t even allowed to join the league. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
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Struck out more people than any1 in history.
This is subjective based on fans, but I think Ryan is the best all-time with stats, longevity, numerous pitching records, and his ERA was 3.18 over 5,000 plus innings which is amazing. Consider the steroid era of pitchers like Rogeroids Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Glavine, Maddux, and even Randy Johnson.
Not number one, too many walks issued, not enough wins, but in the top 5 for sureMore comments about Nolan Ryan
Would have been the greatest ever by far if he didn't get injured. Here is my top 5 list.
1. Walter Johnson
2. Sandy Koufax
3. Warren Spahn
4. Lefty Grove
5. Christy Mathewson
Nolan Ryan is not the best ever.
From 1961 to 1966 the greatest ever. If I had to pick a pitcher to win one game Sandy is the man.SBL
Had he not been injured in 1962 & 1964 he would have won 5 Cy Young awards in a row when there was only 1 given for the entire major leagues each year. He was the greatest pitcher ever! No one was even close!
The first player ever to be referred to as "The Franchise", need I say anything more?
awesome player this is my fav met of all time
Hands down, the greatest competitor in any sport... Ever. Ending the 1968 season with an ERA of 1.12? Insanity! He did not want to give up ever ONE run per game!
Greatest money pitcher of all time.
yeah they did lower the mound because of him... he was unbelievable. he could hit too. he was amazing just amazing... two times better than pedro hahaha don't give me crap about pedro.. he was good but not gibson good, by any meansMore comments about Bob Gibson
Mathewson was way better than Nolan Ryan. He tops him in everything but strikeouts. One overlooked aspect of his game is his postseason mastery. He pitched single-handedly won a World Series by pitching 3 shutouts in 5 days! His World Series ERA was 0.97 in 101.2 innings! Sorry Ryan, sorry Koufax, you guys shouldn't be close to Big Six.
Way to underrated. He got 373 wins despite playing only 17 years. great friend. once played 13 checker players at the same time blindfolded, won 7 and DREW 6. Here is my list:
1. Christy mathewson(by far)
2. Cy Young(by even more far)
3. Walter Johnson(just barely)
4. Warren Spahn
5. Gregg Maddux
Underrated old times pitcher
by far the best ever, no doubt. From 1997-2003 no one could ever touch him! at one point his ERA was 1.74 and THE NEXT GUY (Clemens) was over two RUNS HIGHER! hands down the best! if it wasn't for his injuries (Koufax) he would have dominated even longer
Pedro Martinez is the most dominat pitcher I have ever seen. He also has the best fastball in the history of baseball.
I agree... while you have to take into account that his arm failed him as he got older, you also have to take into account that his ERA was often well below other pitchers of his day, and he man-handled hitters during the heart of the steroid era.
In his prime he was THE best. There are very very few others that you could argue were better.
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if you look only at MLB numbers not too impressive. but he didnt pitch that long in the MLB. His numbers in the negro leagues...unreal.
Lasorda didn't use this guy properly. He could have lasted years if he wasn't kept in the game as much as he was.
You have got be kidding me. You put walter J. In front of carlton here is my 5 list
Three World Series Rings, 200+ wins, 2,000+ stikeouts. Truly amazing.
He is the best closer ever! Number 1 will ever be better 105 mph that is insane! Aroldis chapman could absoulutely, definitely be a starter! I think he could be one of the top starters ever! A blazing fastball and an oustanding slider leaves batters scared to come to theplate and devistated when they leave! And I'm not over exadrating one bit! And what can I say I'm a reds fan
one of the youngest pitchers to throw 100 give the new yankees pitcher some props guys cmon
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