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Nolan Ryan from the Chronology
Sep 15, 2004 - The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies 3-2 as Randy Johnson moves past Steve Carlton to become baseball's leader in strikeouts for a left-hander. Johnson now has 4139 to move into third place on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.
Oct 2, 2001 - Randy Johnson (21-6) strikes out 6 batters in 7 innings in the Diamondbacks 10-1 win over Colorado. Arizona stays 2 games ahead of the Giants with Johnson's 200th career victory. The 6 K's give Johnson a season total of 372-his 8th K title and his 2nd ERA title- and leaves Nolan Ryan's modern day single season record of 383 set in 1973 safe. Sandy Koufax's 382 in 1965 is also safe. Johnson struck out 10 or more exactly 23 times for the third straight season again matching the record Nolan Ryan set with the California Angels in 1973. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (14-13) retaliates by plunking Johnson upsetting the D'Back's bench. Gonzalez hits his 57th HR for Arizona.
Sep 10, 2000 - The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks 4-3 in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in 7 innings including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3000th career strikeout. He is the 12th hurler to reach the milestone. Johnson 1st strikeout of the game gives him 300 for the 3rd consecutive year. Only Nolan Ryan has reached 300 Ks more times (6).
Apr 20, 1999 - The Nolan Ryan Museum opens in Alvin Texas.
Jan 6, 1999 - Nolan Ryan is the first passenger to board the "Nolan Ryan Express" a Southwest Boeing 737. He autographs both sides of the aircraft's nose on two specially designed decals each featuring a baseball with airplane wings and a Southwest colored tail. In July Ryan will again board the "Nolan Ryan Express" to fly to the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York.
Jan 5, 1999 - Nolan Ryan George Brett and Robin Yount are elected to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It is the first time since 1936 that three players are elected simultaneously on their first try. Carlton Fisk finishes 4th in the voting missing election by 43 votes.
Aug 15, 1997 - The Orioles and Mariners split a day-night twinbill the O's taking the opener 4-3 and the M's the nitecap 8-3. Randy Johnson drops the first game despite striking out 13 batters; he has now struck out 32 in two games to tie Luis Tiant (1968) Nolan Ryan (1974) and Dwight Gooden (1984).
Apr 26, 1995 - At Kansas City Royals Kevin Appier is lifted after 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball. Appier had thrown just 11 1/3 innings in spring training and manager Bob Boone does not want to risk injury. Appier is ahead 3-0 when he exits and the Royals win 5-1. Nolan Ryan in the 1990 opener also was lifted in a no hitter because of limited work in spring training.
Sep 28, 1993 - After 3 unsuccessful attempts Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th NL victory defeating the Marlins 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league joining Cy Young Nolan Ryan Gaylord Perry Ferguson Jenkins Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.
Sep 22, 1993 - At the Kingdome Nolan Ryan gives up the last homer of his career in his final big league appearance a 1st inning grand slam to Dann Howitt. Ryan leaves the game after throwing only 28 pitches with a torn ligament in his right elbow as the Mariners top the Rangers 7-4. The grand slam is the 10th that Ryan has served up a ML record and Nolan is the only pitcher to serve up a grand slam on his last pitch in his career. Bob Gibson is close but retired a batter a serving up a slam.
Aug 4, 1993 - White Sox 3B Robin Ventura charges Nolan Ryan after a pitch hits him in the 3rd inning. Ryan gets Ventura in a headlock and throws 6 punches to emerge the winner. Ventura is suspended 2 games for his actions while Ryan is not disciplined. Ryan (3-3) also is the winner with 7 IP 5 K's and 3 hits allowed.
Sep 7, 1992 - In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Boston Red Sox ace Roger "Rocket" Clemens beats Texas Rangers flamethrower Nolan Ryan, 3-0. The Rocket strikes out 9, including 7 Texas batters in a row.
Sep 7, 1992 - In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Boston Red Sox ace Roger "Rocket" Clemens beats Texas Rangers flamethrower Nolan Ryan, 3-0. The Rocket strikes out 9, including 7 Texas batters in a row.
Aug 6, 1992 - Texas P Nolan Ryan is ejected from a game for the 1st time in his 26-year career getting tossed after engaging in a shouting match with Oakland's Willie Wilson with 2 outs in the 9th inning. The Athletics win 2-0.
Jul 26, 1992 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter reaching that mark for a record 23rd year in a row. . He subdues the Orioles 6-2 and passes Phil Niekro as number 12 on the all-time win list with 319. Juan Gonzalez helps with a 450 foot homer to CF-the longest yet at Camden Yards.
May 30, 1992 - By beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan Tommy John Don Sutton Mike Torrez Rick Wise Gaylord Perry Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
Sep 12, 1991 - Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan wins his 10th game beating the Twins 4-3 and becoming just the second pitcher ever to reach double figures in wins in 20 different seasons. Don Sutton did it 21 seasons. The win Ryan's 312th of his career moves him past Tom Seaver into 14th place on the career list. Jack Morris is the CG loser.
Jul 23, 1991 - Texas's Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox and Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan's 545th consecutive start surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record.
Jul 7, 1991 - 44-year old righthander Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers strikes out 14 batters, including 7 batters in a row, in 8 1/3 innings against California Angels. Texas wins, 7-0, beating Chuck Finley(12-4). Ryan had enjoyed some of his greatest seasons as a member of the Angels from 1972-79.
Jun 15, 1991 - Pitching against the Reds in only his second major league start Phillies rookie Andy Ashby strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th inning. A first for the Phillies it is the 19th time in major league history this has happened and the 4th time a rookie has accomplished the feat. Hod Eller (1917) Sloppy Thurston (1923) and Nolan Ryan (1968) were the other freshmen to turn the trick. Ashby is the loser in the 3-1 Phillie loss.
May 23, 1991 - Philadelphia's Tommy Greene tosses a 2-0 no-hitter against the Expos. Greene strikes out 10 batters and walks 7 in the contest. The victory gives Greene one fewer career wins (6) than Nolan Ryan has no-hitters (7).
May 1, 1991 - 44-year-old Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan hurls the record 7th no-hitter of his amazing career defeating the Toronto Blue Jays on Arlington Appreciation Night by a score of 3-0. Ryan strikes out 16 batters in the process marking the 209th time he has fanned 10 or more in a game and the 26th time putting 15 or more down on strikes.
May 1, 1991 - The Brewers defeat the White Sox in a 6-hour 5-minute 19-inning contest the longest in the AL since the same two clubs played 25 innings on May 8 1984. Oddly enough Willie Randolph who drove home the winning run in the 19th had been the last out in Nolan Ryan's 6th no-hitter.
May 1, 1991 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock's all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him Henderson modestly proclaims "Lou Brock was certainly a great basestealer but today I'm the greatest of all time." In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan Henderson had been the victim of Ryan's 5000th career strikeout.
Apr 14, 1991 - In the 3rd inning of the Rangers 15-3 win over the Orioles Nolan Ryan becomes the 12th pitcher in history to reach 5000 innings pitched. Ryan notches the victory for his 1st win of the year and his 1st over the Orioles in 15 years. Since beating the Birds as an Angel in 1976 Ryan had lost 9 straight.
Apr 8, 1991 - Nolan Ryan starts and Goose Gossage pitches in relief for Texas in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. It marks the first time a 300-game winner hurls in the same contest as a teammate with 300 saves.
Apr 3, 1991 - Nolan Ryan and his son Reid pitch against each other as the Rangers take on the University of Texas. Reid a 19-year-old freshman gives up 4 runs in 2 innings and is down 4-1 to his father when he leaves the game. Dad gives up 5 hits 3 runs and strikes out 7 in 5 innings as the Rangers win 12-5.
Aug 17, 1990 - In Chicago's 4-2 game 2 win over Texas Carlton Fisk homers off Charlie Hough to become the White Sox' all-time HR leader (with 187) and the all-time leader in HRs by a catcher (328). Texas wins the opener in the bottom of the 13th inning when Gary Pettis hits a leadoff triple and scores on Ruben Sierra's drive. Texas wastes a 10-inning effort from Nolan Ryan in which he strikes out 15. Hibbard goes 8 frames for the Chisox.
Jul 30, 1990 - Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th 300 game winner in history in a 11-3 Texas win over Milwaukee. Ryan is not around to finish joining Steve Carlton and Early Wynn as the only pitchers not to hurl a complete game for their 300th win.
Jun 11, 1990 - Ageless Nolan Ryan pitches his unprecedented 6th career no-hitter striking out 14 batters in a 5-0 win over the A's. He is the first to pitch a no-hitter for 3 different teams and the first to throw a no-hitter in 3 different decades. The A's are missing McGwire Canseco and Lansford in the lineup.
Apr 26, 1990 - Nolan Ryan pitches a one-hitter and sets a Ranger record with 16 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over the White Sox. It is Ryan's 12th career one-hitter (which ties him with ML leader Bob Feller) and 200th career game with at least 10 strikeouts.
Apr 9, 1990 - On Opening Day Houston's Glenn Davis ties a ML record when he is hit by pitches 3 times in an 8-4 11-inning loss to the Reds. For the Reds it is just their 3rd road opener since 1876. On hand are members of the 1965 Yankees and 1965 Astros the two teams that opened the Astrodome. Of the 32 old timers on hand former Astro Nolan Ryan has struck out 14 of them.
Apr 9, 1990 - On Opening Day in Texas the Rangers beat Toronto 4-2. Texas ace Nolan Ryan pitches 7 innings of no hit ball and then is lifted by Bobby Valentine. Because of the baseball strike Ryan had pitched just 7 innings of spring training and Valentine does not want to risk injury.
Aug 22, 1989 - Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson in the 5th inning of a 2-0 loss to Oakland to become the only pitcher in ML history to strike out 5000 batters. Ryan (13-7) strikes out 13 but loses to Welch (14-7) who K's 9 in 8 innings.
Aug 10, 1989 - Nolan Ryan falls short in yet another no-hit bid giving up a one-out single to Dave Bergman in the 9th inning and eventually needing relief in a 4-1 win over the Tigers. It is the 5th time that Ryan has lost a no hitter in the 9th.
Jun 3, 1989 - Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season and 11th overall allowing only a first-inning lead-off single to Harold Reynolds in a 6-1 win over Seattle. Ryan also strikes out 11 to tie Don Sutton's ML record of 21 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.
Apr 23, 1989 - Nolan Ryan is 2 outs from a no-hitter when Nelson Liriano triples and Ryan settles for a 4-1 one-hitter over the Blue Jays. It is Ryan's 10th career one-hitter and the 4th that breaks up a no-hitter in the last inning. He'll have one more.
Apr 27, 1988 - Nolan Ryan no-hits the Phillies for 81?3 innings before Mike Schmidt singles and Ryan ends up getting no decision in Houston's eventual 3-2 10-inning win. Ryan will have 5 one-hitters with the lone hit coming in the 9th inning: This is the 3rd.
Sep 9, 1987 - Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 Giants in 8 innings during Houston's 4-2 victory to take over the ML strikeout lead with 226. Ryan will finish the season with 270 strikeouts tops in the major leagues.
Jul 8, 1987 - Floyd Youmans pitches a one-hitter to beat the Astros and Nolan Ryan 1-0. Houston's lone hit is an 8th-inning single by Kevin Bass. Youmans will throw a 3-hit shutout in his next outing.
Jun 22, 1987 - Tom Seaver abandons his comeback attempt with the injury-riddled Mets and retires with a career W-L record of 311-205 an ERA of 2.86 3640 strikeouts (3rd on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton) and 61 shutouts (7th).
Oct 14, 1986 - Breaking out of a 1-for-21 slump Mets C Gary Carter drives in the winning run of the Mets 2-1 win in the bottom of the 12th rendering meaningless Nolan Ryan's 9 innings of 2-hit 12-strikeout pitching.
Aug 5, 1986 - The Reds pound the Giants' new pitcher Steve Carlton for 7 runs in 31?3 innings to win 11-6. Carlton records his 4000th strikeout to join Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to reach that plateau. The Giants will release Carlton on the 7th and he will join the White Sox.
Apr 29, 1986 - Twenty-three-year-old Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 batters in a 3-1 win over Seattle breaking the ML record of 19 shared by Nolan Ryan Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver. Clemens doesn't walk a batter allows just 3 hits and ties the AL record (Ryan and Davis) with 8 consecutive strikeouts in the middle innings.
Jul 11, 1985 - Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to record 4000 strikeouts fanning Danny Heep in the 6th inning of Houston's 4-3 win over the Mets. Ryan finishes with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings but gets no decision. Bill Doran's 5th hit drives home Dickie Thon in the 12th with the winning run.
May 18, 1985 - At Houston the Astros beat the Cards 6-5. Nolan Ryan caps Houston's scoring with a 2-run single in the 8th. Nolan Ryan. It is his first since May 1984 a strong of 57 hitless at bats.
Jul 27, 1983 - While picking up his first win as a member of the Royals Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the 3rd pitcher this season to reach 3500 career strikeouts fanning 4 Indians in a 5-4 victory to raise his total to 3501.
Jul 10, 1983 - The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs winning 10-8 and 4-2. In the nitecap Giants RF Jack Clark throws out Junior Kennedy 9-3. It is the 3rd time in 2 years Clark has done it: he did on July 30th to Reds P Charlie Puleo and on September 20 1981 to Nolan Ryan
Jun 12, 1983 - In the first complete game of his career in which he does not walk at least one batter Nolan Ryan strikes out 11 Padres in a 2-0 shutout to move back into a first-place tie with Steve Carlton with 3535 career strikeouts. The 2 will trade the lead back and forth start by start for much of the summer but by the end of the season Carlton will have pulled ahead 3709 to 3677.
Jun 7, 1983 - Steve Carlton overtakes Nolan Ryan as baseball's all-time strikeout leader fanning 6 batters in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals to bring his career total to 3526. In Houston Ryan strikes out 3 Giants while getting no decision in the Astros' 4-2 win leaving him with 3525.
May 20, 1983 - In a 5-0 loss to the Padres Steve Carlton strikes out 4 batters to move past Walter Johnson into 2nd place on baseball's all-time strikeout list. Carlton's 3511 strikeouts leave him 10 behind Nolan Ryan who broke Johnson's record earlier this season.
Apr 27, 1983 - In a 4-2 win over the Expos Nolan Ryan strikes out Brad Mills to move a strikeout ahead of Walter Johnson and become baseball's all-time leader at 3509. Ryan will finish the season at 3677 with Carlton leading at 3709.
Aug 31, 1982 - The Mets lose their 15th in a row 4-0 on Nolan Ryan's 2-hitter. The Mets will finally win the following day beating the Astros 5-1.
Sep 26, 1981 - Nolan Ryan no-hits the Dodgers 5-0 to become the only ML pitcher to toss 5 career no-hitters. Ryan had shared the record of 4 with Dodger great Sandy Koufax but had not pitched a no-hitter since June 1 1975. The 34-year-old Ryan strikes out 11 and retires the last 19 batters in a row while lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.74.
Jun 10, 1981 - Phillies 1B Pete Rose singles off Nolan Ryan in the first inning to tie Stan Musial as the NL's all-time hit leader with 3630 then strikes out in his next 3 at bats. Rose's single is the only hit off Ryan until the 8th inning when Philadelphia scores 5 times for a 5-4 win over Houston.
Jun 5, 1981 - Houston's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as baseball's all-time walk leader walking 2 batters in a 3-0 win over the Mets to raise his total to 1777. Ryan also fans 10 batters while pitching a 5-hitter.
May 4, 1981 - Yankee reliever Ron Davis strikes out the last 8 batters of the game in a 4-2 win over the Angels tying Nolan Ryan's AL record (done twice) for consecutive strikeouts and setting a new record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.
Oct 12, 1980 - The Phillies capture their first NL title since 1950 with a 10-inning 8-7 win over the Astros in the 5th and final game of the NLCS. Each of the last 4 games was decided in extra innings. The Phils down by 3 runs to Nolan Ryan in the 8th rally winning on Garry Maddox's double in the 10th.
Oct 4, 1980 - The Dodgers break a 1-1 tie on a 4th inning HR from Steve Garvey to beat the Astros 2-1. Loser Nolan Ryan goes 11-10 while Jerry Reuss wins his 18th. Houston now leads by 1 game with 1 to play.
Aug 24, 1980 - Nolan Ryan holds the Cubs to 2 hits in 9 innings to give the Astros their 10th straight victory 2-1 winning over Bill Caudill. Jose Cruz homers. During the streak the Houston bull pen has thrown 37 2/3 shut out innings.
Jul 4, 1980 - Nolan Ryan fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 4th pitcher ever to reach 3000 career strikeouts. Ironically Geronimo was also Bob Gibson's 3000th career strikeout victim 6 years earlier. Despite the milestone Ryan allows 6 runs in 4 1?3 innings and Houston loses 8-1.
Apr 12, 1980 - In his first game in the NL since 1971 Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan hits his first career home run a 3-run shot off the Dodgers Don Sutton. Ryan leaves the game with a 5-4 lead but Los Angeles wins 6-5 in 17 innings.
Nov 2, 1979 - Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan are the top names available in the reentry draft held at New York's Plaza Hotel.
Jul 13, 1979 - California's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inning and each settle for one-hit victories: 6-1 over New York and 2-0 over Oakland respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko while Reggie Jackson has the one-out hit off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.
Aug 20, 1978 - California and Baltimore battle for 14 innings before the Angels push over the game's first score to win 1-0. Don Baylor's pop up falls in front of CF Carlos Lopez and gets by him for a run-scoring double. Dennis Martinez pitches 11 scoreless innings while Nolan Ryan throws 7. Dave LaRoche has 5 scoreless innings and Tom Griffin is the winner with 2 innings.
Apr 24, 1978 - The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners-the 20th time he has had 15 K's in a game-in 9 innings but leaves without a decision. Seattle prevails 6-5 in the 12th frame.
Apr 13, 1978 - Joe Rudi beats the buzzer and hits a game-ending homerun in the 11 off Tom Johnson to give the Angels a 1-0 win over the Twins. A curfew law states that no inning can start after 3:50 pm.: Rudi hits his homer at 3:55. Nolan Ryan throws 10 shutout innings and strikes out 12 for no decision.
Jun 8, 1977 - Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game hurling the first 10 innings of a game against Toronto. Ryan has struck out 11 or more in five straight games and will notch 10 and 14 in his next two starts a record of 10+ strikeouts in seven straight games. For the record (as noted by Scott Flatow): May 19 vs. Minnesota-12 K in 9 innings; May 24 vs. Detroit-12 K in 9 innings; May 29 vs. Toronto-12K in 9 innings; June 6 vs. Detroit-11 K in 7.2 innings; June 8 vs. Toronto-19 K in 10 innings; June 12 vs. Cleveland-10K in 6.2 innings; June 16 vs. Minnesota-14K in 8.2 innings.
Jun 30, 1976 - Nolan Ryan makes a one-batter start the shortest start of his career after his name is mistakingly put on the lineup. He retires Chet Lemon then gives way to Gary Ross who gives up a run in 7 2/3 innings. California pushes across a run in the 9th to win 2-1 over Chicago.
Jun 1, 1975 - The Angels Nolan Ryan pitches his 4th career no-hitter winning 1-0 over the Orioles to tie the record set by Sandy Koufax. Ryan strikes out 9 including Bobby Grich on a change-up for the last out and runs his record to 9-3. Ryan has now struck out 96 in 96 innings. Today's win is his 100th.
Sep 28, 1974 - In his last start of the year Nolan Ryan pitches his 3rd career no-hitter victimizing the Twins 4-0. In the process the Angels hurler strikes out 15 batters for the 6th time this season. Ryan also walks 8 to run his season total to 202 base on balls joining Bob Feller in 1938 as the only pitcher to walk more than 200 in a season. Ryan will top 200 in 1977.
Sep 7, 1974 - During a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox California's Nolan Ryan has a fastball clocked at 100.8 miles per hour-the fastest pitch ever recorded.
Aug 7, 1974 - At Chicago Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 and doesn't allow a hit until a one-out 9th inning single by Dick Allen. The Sox have 3 hits in the 9th to score 2 runs one earned and beat the Angels 2-1. Jim Kaat is the winner. Ryan K's the side in the 1st and 7th. This is the first of 5 times that Ryan will take a no-hitter into the 9th only to lose it.
Jul 28, 1974 - In a doubleheader split the Twins edge the Angels 5-3 in the opener to hand California its 15th straight home loss. The Haloes come back in game 2 to win 12-9. Starter Frank Tanana gives up a pair of 3-run homers to Bobby Darwin then watches as reliever Nolan Ryan gives up a pair of pinch homers to Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. But Ryan gets his 13th win. Leroy Stanton has a steal of home in the 5th and catcher Phil Roof hits the roof on the call and is ejected challenging a fan in the process.
Jul 17, 1974 - Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strike out 3000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan's 3000th K victim 6 years later. The Reds shrug it off scoring 6 runs in the first inning and 3 in the 2nd on their way to a 12-7 win.
Jun 14, 1974 - Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 13 innings including Cecil Cooper 6 times in a row. In an unusual double-double he also walks 10 batters for the 2nd time this year. Ryan throws 235 pitches. The Angels finally win in 15 innings 4-3 with the win going to Barry Raziano over Luis Tiant.
Apr 5, 1974 - Streakers and strippers highlight the Opening Day game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The Angels beat the White Sox 8-2. Despite handing out 10 walks Nolan Ryan is the winner over Wilbur Wood with help from Leron Stanton who homers. For Wood it is the first of his AL high 42 starts the 3rd of 4 years in a row the knuckler will lead in that category.
Nov 14, 1973 - Reggie Jackson wins the AL MVP Award unanimously. The Oakland star led the league in runs (99)‚ HRs (32)‚ RBI (117)‚ and slugging (.531). Jim Palmer is named the AL Cy Young winner‚ beating out Nolan Ryan and Catfish Hunter. Wilbur Wood garners just 3 votes despite winning 24 games for the 2nd year in a row‚ and starting 48 games‚ the 4th highest total this century. He started 49 last year.
Sep 27, 1973 - The Angels Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings beating the Twins 5-4. The final strikeout victim Rich Reese is 383 of the season for Ryan enabling him to surpass the ML record set by Sandy Koufax in 1965. Ryan opts to skip his next start on the 30th thus passing on a shot at 400 K's.
Aug 29, 1973 - Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop ?y drops between 2 Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees 5-0.
Jul 15, 1973 - Before 41411 in Detroit Angel ace Nolan Ryan hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in taming the Tigers 6-0. Ryan fans 17 batters-the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter-including 8 straight but only one over the last two innings. Nolan's arm stiffens while watching his team rally for 5 runs in the top of the 8th. With 2 outs in the 9th Norm Cash who had struck out his 3 other times at bat comes to bat wielding a piano leg. Umpire Ron Luciano points out the illegality and Cash then pops out using a regulation bat. Ryan's 8 in a row ties the AL record he set last year.
May 15, 1973 - California's Nolan Ryan strikes out 12 including the side in the 1st and hurls his first career no-hitter in beating Kansas City 3-0. For C Jeff Torborg it is his 3rd no-hitter. SS Rudy Meoli preserves the no-no with a spectacular over the shoulder catch in the 8th.
Oct 4, 1972 - Nolan Ryan fails in his quest to win 20 as the Angels fall to the AL West winners Oakland 2-1. Ryan strikes out 10 to finish the year with 329 strikeouts 4th on the all-time list behind Koufax Waddell and Feller.
Sep 27, 1972 - The Dodgers Don Sutton shuts out San Diego 2-0 handing Steve Arlin his NL-high 21st loss of the year. Arlin also led the NL in losses last year with 19. It's Sutton's 9th shutout of the year to tie Nolan Ryan for the most in the ML and his 3rd in a row.
Jul 31, 1972 - Royals OF Amos Otis scores the games only run swiping home in the 4th inning with a surprised John Mayberry at bat. Otis reached 3B when Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan makes two of his three errors trying to pick his former teammate off base. As Bob Davids notes this is the only the 2nd time in the post-war years that a steal of home accounts for a games' only run.
Jul 9, 1972 - The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters including an AL-record 8 in a row and three on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning as he stops the Red Sox on one hit. Yastrzemski's one-out single in the 1st is only hit: Ryan then racks up his 8 K's and retires the last 26 consecutive batters. Sonny Siebert loses the 3-0 battle. For Ryan he is the 3rd pitcher to twice fan the side on 9 pitches.
Jul 1, 1972 - Nolan Ryan allows 5 hits and strikes out 16 in pitching the Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Athletics. Ryan has an RBI single and is helped by homers from Berry and Cardenas off Steve Hamilton.
Jun 27, 1972 - Nolan Ryan (8-5) triples and scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as California beats the Twins 3-1. Poor base-running in the 4th doesn't help the Twins cause: With Killebrew on 3b and Steve Braun on 2B with no outs Nettles flies out to Spencer in left field. Killebrew fakes a dash to the plate and Braun starts from 2B. A relay catches Braun at 2B and another throw nips Killebrew at 3B for a triple play.
Apr 29, 1972 - Leading the Phillies 4-0 San Diego ace Steve Arlin loses a no hitter in 9th with 2 outs when manager Don Zimmer pulls his third baseman in close. Denny Doyle then bounces a ball over the third baseman's head. Arlin finishes with a one-hitter beating Steve Carlton. Doyle also had the only hit to defeat the Reds Gary Nolan in 1971 and the only hit in a Nolan Ryan one-hitter in 1970.
Nov 28, 1971 - In a blockbuster interstate trade good for both teams‚ the Dodgers send Frank Robinson‚ Bill Singer‚ Mike Strahler‚ Bobby Valentine and Billy Grabarkewitz to the Angels in exchange for Andy Messersmith‚ and Ken McMullen‚ who returns to the team that signed him. The 37-year-old Robinson will play 147 games‚ hitting 30 homers and driving in 97 runs in '73‚ and Singer will combine with Nolan Ryan in 1973 to strike out 674 batters‚ a 20th Century ML record for 2 teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next 2 seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.
Jun 25, 1971 - Cleon Jones ties an NL record by drawing 6 walks helping the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Expos 4-1 and 4-2. Jerry Grote has 3 doubles in the opener and Ken Harrelson knocks in 3 runs in the nite cap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny Frisella (4-1) are winners.
May 29, 1971 - The Mets feature firepower as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver combine to strike out 26 tying Mets own ML record (Sept. 9 1970) in a sweep of the Padres. Seaver wins the opener 5-1 with 10 K's and Ryan cops the nitecap 2-1. Mets batters strike out 15 times: the 41 strikeouts ties the ML record.
Aug 9, 1970 - At Three Rivers Stadium Willie Stargell hits an 8th inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck the first player to hit one up there. The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will be by Stargell who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson Phillie Greg Luzinski and Bobby Bonilla in 1987 will also reach the seats. The Pirates win 8-3. Nolan Ryan is the loser allowing 4 runs in 6 innings allowing 3 hits walking 7 and striking out 10.
Apr 18, 1970 - The Mets Nolan Ryan gives up a leadoff single to Denny Doyle then shuts out the Phillies without another hit. Ryan fans 15 in the 7-0 triumph. For the light-hitting Doyle it is the first of three one-hitters in which he has the lone hit.
Sep 10, 1969 - Meanwhile the Mets sweep the Expos 3-2 and 7-1. Ken Boswell's single in the 12th wins the opener. Taylor in relief of Jim McAndrew who pitches the first 11 innings is the winner. Mike Wegener matches McAndrew for 11 innings striking out 15 Mets. In the night cap the Mets score 6 runs in the 3rd to knock out starter Reed. The winner is Nolan Ryan (6-1) who gives up 3 hits and fans 11. The Mets' two wins puts them into first place by a game the 1st time ever the team has been atop the NL. The Cubs' loss drops them out of first after 155 days atop the NL. Chicago will continue to swoon and finish the month with a 9-17 record.
Jun 25, 1969 - The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a NL record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first 9 innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6-5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins who replaced Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th hits his first ML homer as well. Palmer strikes out 9 in 4 1/3 innings for Philley while Nolan Ryan K's 10 in 6 1/3 innings.
May 2, 1968 - During a 3-0 loss to the Mets Phillies reliever John Boozer is ejected in the 7th by umpire Ed Vargo at Shea Stadium for throwing spitballs during his warm-up pitches. After the first time he goes to his mouth the umpire calls a ball even though the batter was not in the box. Manager Gene Mauch comes out to argue and orders Boozer to go to his mouth on the next two pitches as well earning both Boozer and Mauch ejections. Mauch protests the game. Boozer is only the 2nd ML pitcher to be ejected from a game for throwing spitballs. Dick Hall who replaces Boozer with a 3-0 count on Bud Harrelson gets him to ground out. Nolan Ryan notches his second career win. Tomorrow National League President Warren Giles will rule that a pitcher shouldn't be charged with a ball while warming up. If a pitcher touches his mouth while warming up he would be required to dry his fingers before delivering a pitch to the batter.
Jun 8, 1965 - Arizona State star sophomore Rick Monday selected by the Athletics is the first player chosen in the initial ML free-agent draft of high school college and sandlot players. Picking 2nd the Mets take P Les Rohr (who will two games). Joe Coleman Jr. is taken 3rd by the Senators. On the 10th round they finally take Nolan Ryan. Cincinnati picks Johnny Bench in the 2nd round after taking Bernie Carbo in the 1st.
Oct 2, 1938 - Bob Feller breaks his own AL strikeout record and sets a ML strikeout mark by fanning 18 Tigers. At one point Feller has 6 straight strikeouts and yet loses 4-1 to Harry Eisenstat's 4-hitter. Harry strikes out three with his slow curves. Tiger outfielder Chet Laabs contributes 5 strike outs including the last to Feller's total. Hank Greenberg has two long drives one a double and a walk-but no homers-against Rapid Robert who allows seven hits and walks seven. Greenberg is 3-for-3-all singles. Detroit completes the sweep with a 10-8 win in game 2 finally called by ump George Moriarty after seven innings. Feller ends the season with 208 walks to set a ML record: the only other hurler to top 200 will be Nolan Ryan in 1974 (204) and 1977 (202).
Jun 30, 1908 - Cy Young's 3rd career no-hitter is an 8-0 Boston win over host New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904 walking just one batter-leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 27 batters make out. Cy also tallies 3 hits and drives in half the Americans' runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43. Young had a near-perfect game exactly a month ago.