Top 50 Starting Pitchers

Top 50 Starting Pitchers

Lefty Grove and Carl Hubbel

The brilliance of Carl Hubbell and Lefty Grove hasn't faded after all these years. The pair of southpaws, rank respectively on our all-time list of starting pitchers. In an era of offense, Grove dominated batters with his fastball, while Hubbell tossed a devastating screwball.

Pitcher Facts
Tom Glavine, Warren Spahn, and Early Wynn are the only pitchers in history to win 300 games despite never striking out 200 batters in any season... Jim Palmer never surrendered a grand slam... Walter Johnson and Luis Tiant are the only pitchers with two shutout streaks of 40 innings or more in their career.

Slowest Delivery
Lefty Eddie Plank made it to the Hall of Fame using stall tactics, but he didn't have any routine to go with it. With a batter waiting at the plate, Plank would move an inch forward on the mound, then half an inch back, as if trying to perfect the relationship between himself and the world.

"I like ice cream, but I don't like it crammed down my throat a gallon at a time."
Reggie Jackson, discussing why a fastball hitter still feared hitting against Nolan Ryan

Quick Hits - 

♦  Most durable, Robin Roberts
♦  Most unlikely career, Phil Niekro
♦  Best post-season starting pitcher, John Smoltz

Pitchers who Managed The Next Nine
Walter Johnson 51. Lon Warneke
Clark Griffith 52. Catfish Hunter
Fred Hutchinson 53. Don Newcombe
Bob Lemon 54. Red Ruffing
Tommy Lasorda 55. Lefty Gomez
George Bamberger 56. Joe McGinnity
Roger Craig 57. Babe Adams
Larry Dierker 58. Tim Keefe
Bud Black 59. Dave Stieb



Most Intimidating Best Hitting Pitchers
Bob Gibson Don Newcombe
Randy Johnson George Uhle
Don Drysdale Bob Lemon



Best Fastballs Best Curveballs
Nolan Ryan Bert Blyleven
Sam McDowell Mike Cuellar
Walter Johnson Sal Maglie
Bob Feller

By The Baseball Page


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Babe Adams, Bert Blyleven, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Bob Lemon, Carl Hubbell, Catfish Hunter, Clark Griffith, Dave Stieb, Don Drysdale, Don Newcombe, Eddie Plank, Fred Hutchinson, George Bamberger, George Uhle, Jim Palmer, Joe McGinnity, John Smoltz, Larry Dierker, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Lon Warneke, Luis Tiant, Mike Cuellar, Nolan Ryan, Phil Niekro, Randy Johnson, Red Ruffing, Robin Roberts, Roger Craig, Sal Maglie, Sam McDowell, Tim Keefe, Tom Glavine, Tom Seaver, Tommy Lasorda, Walter Johnson, Warren Spahn


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