Pitchers are usually the team captains because they are chiefly in control of the game. Learn how starting pitching and closing pitching can make a difference in the win column.

Hal Newhouser

At the age of 17, Hal Newhouser was signed to the Detroit Tigers and shined despite his age. You can learn about the career of this hall of fame pitcher and see his stats in this section.

Andy Cooper is considered one of the great left-handed pitchers with a record-holding 29 saves. Cooper was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on Negro Leagues in 2006. Learn about Andy Cooper's career and statistics.

Ray Brown attended college on a basketball scholarship, but soon moved to the Negro Leagues. He fired a seven-inning perfect game in 1945 and his curveball is what the old-timers talk about. Learn more about this Hall of Famer.

Jose Mendez was a small man, but he was famous for having a devastating fastball. It is reported that Mendez actually killed a man when an errant fastball hit a teammate in the chest during batting practice. Here you can learn about his career.

For nine years, ­­­Bruce Sutter was the dominant reliever in the National League. His manager for four of those seasons, Whitey Herzog, referred to him as "The Sandy Koufax of relievers." Learn more about this pitcher and see his career statistics.

Pitcher Rollie Fingers set records for the most saves and longest mustache in major-league history. He did all this while spending the 11 remaining years of his career as a relief player, not a starter. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame member.

In the early 1980s, Dennis Eckersley was considered washed up -- his days as an effective pitcher seemingly over. Little did anyone know that his greatest success lay ahead.

Pitcher Tom Seaver retired with a .603 career winning percentage. His 3,640 career strikeouts ranked him third on the all-time list. Learn about Seaver's records statistics and election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Only the second knuckleballer to reach the Hall, Phil Niekro had a career that was memorable more for longevity and durability than for flashes of brilliance or dominance. He won more than 300 games, but he also holds the record for losses. Read more.

Steve Carlton won four Cy Young Awards and finished second to Nolan Ryan for all-time strikeouts. To intensify his training, Carlton worked his arm down through a vat of rice.

In his 23-year career, Don Sutton (born 1945) won 20 games only once, captured but a single ERA title, and never led his league in strikeouts. But his remarkable durability and consistency earned him a place among baseball's immortals.