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Wed, 1987-09-09

On September 9, 1987, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros strikes out 16 batters to surpass the 4,500-mark for his career. Ryan strikes out the last five batters-and 12 of the last 13-he faces. At the plate, Ryan drives in the winning run in a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

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