Pitchers

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.


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.

Gaylord Perry -- the only pitcher in history to have won the Cy Young Award in both leagues -- fooled hitters and umpires for 22 years. An admitted proponent of the spitball, he entitled his autobiography Me and the Spitter.

Jim Hunter served his apprenticeship in the majors, never pitching in the minors. He evolved from an 8-8 pitcher as a 19-year-old in Kansas City to a Cy Young Award winner and the richest player in baseball.

Jim Palmer was a pitcher that played for the Baltimore Orioles for 20 years. His career took him to six World Series. Palmer retired in 1984 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Learn about the Career of Jim Palmer.

Fergu­son Jenkins never walked more than 83 hitters in a season. He won 20 games a season for the Cubs from 1967 to 1972, and is the only pitcher to fan more than 3,000 batters while walking fewer than 1,000.

The true measures of pitcher domination are strikeouts -- the out that can cause no damage -- and no-hitters. And Nolan Ryan dominates both of those categories. Learn about his incredible 27-year career and what age he could still throw well over 90 mph.

In the 1960s, when power pitchers ruled the game, there were few as dominant as Bob Gibson. He was among the most exciting and successful of World Series performers, setting records and winning championships for the St. Louis Cardinals. Learn more about this Hall of Famer.

Juan Marichal never won a Cy Young award despite earning 25 or more victories on three separate occasions. He was one of the best right-handed pitchers of the 1960s and finished in the top three in wins five times. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Did you know that pitcher Sandy Koufax became the youngest person inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1972? Over a five-year span, he led the NL in ERA five times, spun four no-hitters, and compiled a 111-34 record. Learn about Koufax’s MVP and Cy Young Awards.

Don Drysdale combined a wicked fastball with a fierce demeanor to be one of the most intimidating hurlers of the period. He teamed with Sandy Koufax to form one of the most dominating strikeout duos in National League history.

Jim Bunning pitched 100 wins and 1000 strikeouts in both the AL and NL leagues. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. You can learn about this Hall of Fame pitcher and his career in this section.

It took Early Wynn eight tries to win his 300th game. The Chicago White Sox released him after the 1962 season just when he had 299 wins. He didn’t win his 300th game until 1963 with the Cleveland Indians.

Bob Lemon is the only 20th-century player in the Hall of Fame who began his major-league career as a hitter and subsequently became a pitcher. Learn more about this Hall of Famer.

Warren Spahn was often the only decent pitcher on over two decades' worth of Braves lineups. He led the league in wins a record eight times, and in complete games a record nine times.Learn more about this Hall of Fame pitcher.

The poor quality of his teams and the constant managerial changes that accompany failure did not dim Robin Roberts' ardor for pitching. He won 20 or more games each season from 1950 to 1955. Learn more about this Hall of Fame pitcher.

Whitey Ford has the best win record of any modern 200-game-winner. He used several pitches. Although some weren't legal, the threat that he fixed some balls kept hitters guessing. Learn more about this Hall of Fame pitcher complete with statistics.

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