5 All Time Great Major League Baseball Pitchers
Great Major League baseball Pitchers
Major League Baseball has always been the sport that captivates the attention of the American audience like no other. Hundreds and thousands of them turn up to see their favorite teams battling it out live in front of them, while a large number of you sit back and watch the brilliance of the game unfold before you.
Through the course of history, there have been hundreds of starting pitchers in Major League Baseball, but the question that most Baseball fans want to ask is who are the all time best pitchers to have graced the MLB? Here is a list of the people we believe deserve to be in the 5 All Time Great MLB Pitchers.
1. Walter Johnson
There is absolutely no question about this one, baseball fans, statisticians, and historians would agree that the all time great MLB pitcher to grace the game was Walter Johnson. To put in context, Walter was to pitching what Babe Ruth was to hitting. He started playing in the MLB as a teenage way back in 1907 and was a legend by the time he ended his career. Six times in his career he had led the league in terms of wins. He was able to finish his career with a total number of wins numbering at 417, which still is the second highest wins record of all time Major League Baseball.
2. Christy Mathewson
Another player that played during the 1900s, Christy Mathewson was a Major League Baseball legend in his very own right. During his illustrious career, he was able to win 20 games 13 times. In the time from 1903 to 1914, he won 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons. When he decided to hang up his gloves, he had led the league in wins four times and his total wins tally stood at 370 games.
3. Ed Walsh
When you say the name, one is almost always incline to add ‘magnificent’ as a middle name. One of the greatest pitchers to have graced the field of Major League Baseball, he led his Chicago team to the title in 1906. During the two games he pitched in, he recorded a 0.87 WHIP and a 0.60 ERA. Such were the numbers Ed was capable of.
A measure of his talent is that he ended his career with an ERA of 1.82, which to this date is the greatest ERA for any starting pitcher in the history of the game almost a century on.
4. Grover Alexander
Grover Alexander was not really Alexander the great but his performance on the pitch showed that he was certainly no less. During his first seven seasons in the league, he was able to win 20 games or more in six of those. Like the number one spot on the list, he led the league six times and has a win percentage of 0.525%.
5. Mordecai Brown
The only reason he makes the top 5 is because he had a phenomenal peak time when his numbers were astonishing. He was able to win 20 games or more during his peak six consecutive years and his era of 2.06 continues to be the fourth best all time ERA in the history of MLB.
This rounds out the 5 All Time Great MLB Pitchers.