Each MLB Team’s Top Starting Pitcher of All-Time

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Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame player Nolan Ryan responds to being introduced during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

There is a long history of great pitching in Major League Baseball and these are the top pitchers in the history of each franchise.

The game of baseball is built around the number nine. Nine positions, nine men in the line-up, and nine innings of play. Even the first World Series was a best of nine series (although it went just eight games). However, while the game is built around the number nine, it is not the most important number in the game.

That belongs to number one, as in the pitcher.

They say that great pitching is what separates the men from the boys in Major League Baseball. As you look back through the history of the game, there are innumerable examples of the men on the mound being the difference between a playoff team and World Series winner. Batters wins games, but pitching wins championships. The pitcher is the lone player on the field to hold the fate of his team in his hands every fifth night.

Throughout the years, baseball has seen many great pitchers toe the rubber and lead their teams to glory. From Cy Young to Roger Clemens, to Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, some of the fiercest competitors to ever strap on a pair of cleats have worked their magic from the pitching mound.

Some teams have been blessed to see one legendary arm after another take the hill for their squad. Others have been forced to live with mediocrity while they await their turn in line. As such, we are here to examine the greatest starting pitchers in the history of each franchise. Whether it was championship glory or individual accomplishments, something sets each of these men apart from the pack and makes them the face of pitching greatness for their respective teams.

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