Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan

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January 31, 1947
6' 2"
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-11-1966 with NYN
Allstar Selections:
1977 TSN
Hall of Fame:


The first few years of his career it looked as if Nolan Ryan would never master his pitches; half-way through his career he seemed destined to be labeled a mediocre pitcher with a great fastball; the last ten years of his career he achieved immortality. Throwing no-hitters as a young fire baller and as a veteran pitcher, Ryan shattered the career strikeout record once held by Walter Johnson.

Unform Number

#34 (1966, 1980-1993), #30 (1968-1979)

Quotes About

"He was throwing the ball harder than any man I ever saw in my life." — John Mayberry, after his Royals were no-hit by Nolan Ryan on May 15, 1973 "If they had a higher league, he could be in it. As a matter of fact, he could be it." — Hal McRae, on Nolan Ryan

Replaced By

Rick Helling, Hector Fajardo and a few other #5 starters on the 1994 Rangers.

Best Season

Though he pitched for a struggling Angels team, Ryan was in the zone in '73. He hurled two no-hitters, pitched 326 innings (allowing 238 hits), and struck out a record 383 batters. He posted a 2.87 ERA in 39 starts, completing 26 games, and saving one.

Factoid 1

Nolan Ryan was 22 years old when he was a member of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets. He pitched 25 more years without getting to another World Series.

Factoid 2

Nolan Ryan is the only pitcher to strike out Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa.


Selected by New York Mets in the 12th round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1965); Traded by New York Mets with Don Rose, Leroy Stanton and Frank Estrada to California Angels in exchange for Jim Fregosi (December 10, 1971); Granted free agency (November 1, 1979); Signed by Houston Astros (November 19, 1979); Granted free agency (November 4, 1988); Signed by Texas Rangers (December 7, 1988).






Against the Oakland A's on August 22, 1989, Ryan became the first pitcher ever to record 5,000 career strikeouts. He struck out Rickey Henderson in the fifth inning to break the 5,000 barrier.


Seven no-hitters... All-time strikeout leader... Ryan hit the first home run of his career on April 12, 1980, off future Hall of Famer Don Sutton ijn the Astrodome. Ryan hit two home runs in his career.

#100 and a No-Hitter

On June 1, 1975, Ryan struck out O's second baseman Bobby Grich for the final out in his fourth no-hitter. The win was the 100th of Ryan's career.

No-Hit Factoids

Ryan hurled a record seven no-hitters, and he is the only pitcher to hurl no-hit games for three different major league teams. However, in none of those games he did he threaten to hurl a perfect game, in fact, in four of his no-hitters, Ryan walked a batter in the first inning. In his no-hit games, Ryan struck out a total of 94 batters and walked 26. A complete list of his no-hitters is listed below: Date....Opponent.......IP.....H....K...BB....Final 5/15/73...Kansas City......9.....0...12....3......3-0 7/15/73...Detroit..........9.....0...17....4......6-0 9/28/74...Minnesota........9.....0...15....8......4-0 6/1/75....Baltimore........9.....0....9....4......1-0 9/26/81...Los Angeles......9.....0...11....3......5-0 6/11/90...Oakland..........9.....0...14....2......5-0 5/1/91....Toronto..........9.....0...16....2......3-0 The Final Outs: 5/15/73 Kansas City - Amos Otis (flew out to right) 7/15/73 Detroit - Norm Cash (poppped out to short) 9/28/74 Minnesota - Eric Soderholm (struck out) 6/1/75 Baltimore - Bobby Grich (struck out) 9/26/81 Los Angeles - Dusty Baker (grounded out third to first) 6/11/90 Oakland - Willie Randolph (flied out to right) 5/1/91 Toronto - Roberto Alomar (struck out) Here's a partial list of some of the batters who were held hitless in Ryan's seven no-hitters: Amos Otis, John Mayberry, Lou Piniella, Norm Cash, Jim Northrup, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Ken Singleton, Don Baylor, Bobby Grich, Lee May, Brooks Robinson, Davey Lopes, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Pedro Guerrero, Mike Scioscia, Rickey Henderson, Willie Randolph, Dave Hdnerson, Carney Lansford, Devon White, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, John Olerud, Mark Whiten... In his May 16, 1973, no-hitter against the Royals, Kansas City manager Jack McKeon registered a protest over Ryan's delivery, claiming the Angel hurler was balking with his move. "I want to thank Jack," Ryan said after the game. "Jack did me a favor causing all that commotion. When I bring my foot off the rubber, it usually means that I'm rocking back too far and I get wild, high." Ryan made adjustments, and struck out 12 Royals' batters for his first no-hitter. McKeon and the Royals withdrew the protest... In that no-hitter, Angels' third baseman Al Gallagher did not handle a chance, nor did left fielder Vada Pinson.

1969 World Series, 1998 Hall of Fame, Baseball History, California Angels, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers
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