Two-time AL MVP, six-time wins champ, twelve-time strikeouts champ, five-time ERA champ, six-time WHIP champ, three-time AL Triple Crown winner (two of those were Major League Triple Crowns), 2nd most career wins (417), most career shutouts (110), voted for the All-Century Team, Voted to go in the All-time team as a right-handed starting pitcher, and he's ranked #4 in Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players (highest ranked as a pitcher), and considered by many the fastest to pitcher who ever lived. I'm talking about Walter Johnson. I'm surprised he is not ranked #1 in the community for the greatest pitcher of all-time. He is ranked #1 in my list.
If you think Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, or Roger Clemens was the greatest pitcher of all-time, then you probably DON'T KNOW ANYTHING about Walter Johnson. I think the greatest pitcher of all-time should be determined by the amount of pitching categories he is top ten or fifteen in. He is in the top 10 or 15 in these pitching categories: 2nd all-time in wins (417), 9th most k's (3,509), he won the most strikeout titles (12), 10th lowest ERA (2.17), 8th lowest WHIP (1.061), 4th in complete games (531), and all-time shutouts leader (110). Cy Young is the all-time leader in wins (511), complete games (749), and games started (815), but he is also the all-time leader in losses (316) and he is not top ten or fifteen in strikeouts, ERA, nor WHIP. Nolan Ryan is the all-time leader in strikeouts and no-hitters, but he's not nearly in the top ten or fifteen all-time in ERA, nor WHIP. And lastly, Roger Clemens has won the most Cy Young Awards (7), but he is not even close to being in the top 10 nor 15 in ERA and WHIP. And that's why I think that Walter Johnson was the greatest picher of all-time.
When I started watching baseball and getting into it, I had no clue who was the best pitcher of all-time. I used to think it was either Cy Young (all-time wins leader) or Nolan Ryan (all-time strikeouts leader). But when I read about Walter Johnson last year (in 2008), I finally had a clue of who to consider the best pitcher of all-time. Of course, I have to say it was Walter Johnson. He has won three Triple Crowns, 12 strikout titles, a World Series title, and two American League Most Valuable Player Awards. Not top mention, Walter did win 417 games despite pitching for a loisng team like the Washington Senators (now called the Minesota Twins). He was also considered as the fastest pitcher who has ever lived by all who have seen him pitch. In 1936, he was one of the first five National Baseball Hall of Fame (Babe Ruth, Christy Matthewson, Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb were the other four).