Top-10 Left Handed Pitchers in Baseball History

The best lefties
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06, 1961: Pitcher Sandy Koufax #32 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks toward the dugout during a game on September 6, 1961 against the San Fransisco Giants at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. The Dodgers beat the Giants, 9-5. (Photo by: 1961 Rosol Collection/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

10) Tommy John

288 victories, there are currently only 22 pitchers in the Hall of Fame with more. He ranks high on many pitching lists and even has a surgery named after him. Tommy John should be in the baseball hall of fame.

9) Tom Glavine

He has over 300 career wins. A 5-time twenty game winner, he has a career ERA of 3.54, with 25 shutouts and 2,607 strikeouts. Tom won 2 Cy Young Awards, finished 2nd twice and 3rd, twice.

8) Carl Hubbell

Hubbell had a career record of 253-154, with an ERA of 2.98. He was a 20 game winner five times and threw 35 shutouts. He was the National League MVP in1933 and 1936, and was on 9 All-star teams. He also led the league in wins on three occasions. He had the best WHIP in the league 6 times.

7) Eddie Plank

In his career spanning 17 seasons, Eddie Plank was 326-194, with an ERA of 2.35. He was a twenty game winner 8 times. Eddie pitched 69 shutouts which ranks him 5th all-time. #1 for southpaws. He won 2 World Series games and has a 1.32 ERA.

6) Whitey Ford

Ford was a 20 game winner twice, and won 16 or more on ten occasions. He finished his career with a record of 236-106 and an ERA of 2.75. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 1961 with a 25-4 record. Whitey threw 45 career shutouts and was on ten all-star teams. He led the American League in wins 3 times. Ford won 10 World Series games with a 2.71 ERA.

5) Steve Carlton

Carlton had a career record of 329-244 and an ERA of 3.22. Steve is 4th on the career strikeout list with 4,136, trailing only Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Carlton was a twenty game winner 6 times, and won 4 Cy Young Awards. He led the National League in strikeouts 5 times, and pitched 55 shutouts. Steve won 6 post-season games and was on 10 All-star teams.

4) Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove won 300 and lost 141 games in 17 years. He was a thirty game winner once and won twenty 7 other times. He finished his career with a lifetime ERA of 3.06. Grove led the American League in wins 4 times and ERA 9 times, and won the Triple Crown in pitching 3 times. He also led the league in strikeouts 7 times. Lefty was the American League MVP in 1931, and had the lowest WHIP in the league 5 times. Grove won 4 World Series games with a 1.75 ERA. and was on 6 All-star teams.

3) Warren Spahn

He won more games (363) than any other lefty in history. His ERA was good but not great, 3.09. The man won twenty games an astounding 13 times. You read that right. 13.

He led the league in wins 8 times, in ERA 3 times and in strikeouts 4 times (although not considered a “strikeout” pitcher).

Warren’s WHIP was the lowest in the National League 4 times.

Spahn won the Cy Young Award once and was runner-up 3 times.

He won 4 World Series games with an ERA of 3.05, and was on 17 All-star teams.

2) Randy Johnson

He has a lifetime ERA of 3.26 He has thrown 36 shutouts which is almost unheard of in this era. He is the strikeout king of lefties, and is second on the all-time strikeout list, behind Nolan Ryan with 4,789. He is a 3-time twenty game winner and has won 5 Cy Young Awards, 4 in the National League and 1 in the American League. He also was runner-up in the Cy Young voting 3 times. Johnson led the league in strikeouts 9 times. He is 3-0 in the World Series with a 1.04 ERA. He also was on 10 All-star teams.

1) Sandy Koufax

He had a career record of 165-87 with an ERA of 2.76, which he was the best in the National League his last 5 years.

Sandy led the National League in strikeouts 4 times and for a long time had the most strikeouts in one season at 382 (broken by Nolan Ryan).

Koufax won 3 Cy Young Awards and 1 MVP award. He pitched 40 shutouts, 11 of them in one year.He won 4 World Series game with a sizzling ERA of 0.95 and appeared on 7 All-star teams.He pitched 4 no hitters and a perfect game.

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