- Johnson, Walter
- Koufax, Sandy
- Matthewson, Christy
- Ryan, Nolan
- Young, Cy
- Several Black pitchers were better than A through E (Explain)
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Other-- this is basically impossible to answer. The greatest in which terms? Wins? Strikeouts? Lowest ERA? Depth of work (innings pitched)? Number of successful reliefs? There's no single measure that can tell us who the best of all time was. The greatest *reliever* is unquestionably Mariano Rivera, but again, if you mean a starter, then there's no way to answer this. Though, the ones you picked are very good and obvious choices. And then yeah who knows, if you also include the Negro Leagues, that throws another big wrench in the works, because of all that talent that was unfairly separate.
Good question though.
I had a tough time between choosing Koufax or Ryan on this one, but I went Koufax simply because I find it cool to see a lefty do well against a heavy right hand dominant group of people.
If we go stats then Ryan wins hands down.
Modern day or early 2000s era I would say Randy Johnson.
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