There have been many great pitchers over the long history of Major League Baseball. Many of those pitchers were also left-handed. There are some who threw hard and some who were soft tossers. Regardless, there are ten lefties in particular that were the best of all time.
The keys to making this list were longevity, lots of wins and being dominant every time they were on the mound. There are many who aren’t on this list like Tommy John, who came back from the surgery now named after him or Jamie Moyer, who seemed to pitch forever. This list is littered with some of the greatest pitchers ever, left or right-handed.
Here is the list of the top 10 greatest left-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball history.
10 Hal Newhouser: Played From 1939-1955
9 Tom Glavine: Played From 1987-2008
8 Eddie Plank: Played From 1901-1917
7 Carl Hubbell: Played From 1928-1943
6 Whitey Ford: Played From 1950-1967
5 Steve Carlton: Played From 1965-1988
4 Sandy Koufax: Played From 1955-1966
3 Warren Spahn: Played From 1942-1965
2 Lefty Grove: Played From 1925-1941
1 Randy Johnson: Played From 1988-2009
“The Big Unit” wasn’t just a dominating pitcher; he was a dominating figure out there at 6'10". Johnson pitched 22 seasons for six different teams and finished with 303 career wins. His best season was in 2002 when he went 24-5 with a 2.32 ERA and had 334 strikeouts. Johnson would have at least 300 strikeouts six different times and hitters had trouble catching up to his 100 MPH fastball. He would win four straight Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002 pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks and while he did move around more during the final years of his career, Johnson was still the same dominating force on the mound. There wasn’t a single hitter out there who wanted to see him pitching and his All-Star at-bat with John Kruk is what makes Johnson the legend he is today.
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