CIRCA 1972: Tom Seaver #41, of the New York Mets, pitching during a game from his 1972 season with the New York Mets. Tom Seaver played for 20 years with 4 different teams, was a 12-time All-Star, 1967 National League Rookie of the Year ,National League Cy Young Award winner in 1969, 1973, 1975 and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. (Photo by: 1972 SPX/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

10) Fergie Jenkins

Jenkins won at least 20 games during six consecutive seasons from 1967-1972. That is the longest streak of at least 20 wins during the last 45 seasons of MLB. In addition, he picked up the Cy Young award following his magical 1971 season.

9) Andy Messersmith

Out of the eight HOF starting pitchers from the 1970s, Andy Messersmith has the best H/9 on that list, and any of the eight HOFers does not get better than his 2.86 ERA. If that’s not enough for you, he has the second-best W%+, the third-best ERA+, the third-best SHO/40, and the third-best WHIP of the eight HOFers.

8) Luis Tiant

Tiant is one of the 10 best pitchers not in the hall of fame. His shining moment was in the 1975 World Series, where he shut out the Big Red Machine at Fenway Park.

7) Gaylord Perry

Perry had the best spitball in the game, too bad it was an illegal pitch! I do not think he threw as much as we are told, but I think the advantage came from batters being worried about the pitch.

6) Don Sutton

Sutton had an array of different pitches and was so smart he would usually call his own game. His 325 wins and 60 career shutouts should tell you how good he was.

5) Phil Niekro

Niekro ended up recording 45 SHO and almost 320 wins by the time his career was through. He led the league in wins twice, and during his career, he also led the League in W%, ERA, Ks, and ERA+ at one time or another. In addition, he was the best knuckleball pitcher in history.

4) Catfish Hunter

Hunter won over 20 games for five consecutive seasons from 1971-1975. He ended up helping his teams to five World Series Championships and picked up the Cy Young award during his 1974 season.

3) Steve Carlton

Carlton was one of the greatest left-handed starting pitchers of all time. During his career, he had over 4,000 strikeouts and won 4 Cy Young awards.

2) Jim Palmer

Palmer won at least 20 games during eight of the nine seasons from 1970-1978, including leading the league in wins for three consecutive seasons from 1975-1977.

1) Tom Seaver

Seaver was a winner. Seaver’s teams weren’t all that good, .500 ball clubs, give or take. But even being on mediocre teams, he still never posted a losing record during each of his first 15 seasons in the League. During his career, he also led the league in strikeouts five times, K/BB three times, WHIP three times, ERA+ three times, ERA three times, and SHO twice. Seaver also threw a no-hitter in 1978 as a Cincinnati Red.

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