» June 30, 1908: Cy Young's 3rd career no-hitter is an 8-0 Boston win over 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 three hits and drives in half the Pilgrim's runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and three months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43.
» June 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.
» April 19, 1968:
Nolan Ryan of the Mets becomes the 6th pitcher in NL history to strike out the side on nine pitches. But Los Angeles wins 32 at Shea Stadium.
» June 25, 1969: The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a National League record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first nine innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 65 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 nine in four 1/3 innings for Philley, while Nolan Ryan K's 10 in six 1/3 innings.
» September 10, 1969:
Meanwhile the Mets sweep the Expos, 32 and 71. 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 six runs in the 3rd to knock out starter Howie Reed. The winner is Nolan Ryan (61), who gives up three 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.
» April 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 70 triumph. For the light-hitting Doyle, it is the first of three one-hitters in which he has the lone hit.
» August 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, 83. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing four runs in six innings, allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out 10.
» May 29, 1971: The Mets feature firepower as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver combine to strike out 26, tying the Mets' own major-league record (September 9, 1970) in a sweep of the Padres. Seaver wins the opener, 51, with 10 K's and Ryan cops the nitecap, 21. Mets batters strike out 15 times: the 41 strikeouts ties the ML record.
» June 25, 1971: Cleon Jones ties an National League record by drawing six walks, helping the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Expos, 41 and 42. Jerry Grote has three doubles in the opener, and Bud Harrelson knocks in three runs in the nite cap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny Frisella (41) are winners.
» November 28, 1971: In a blockbuster interstate trade good for both teams, the Dodgers send Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Mike Strahler, Bobby Valentine and Bill 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 major-league record for two teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next two seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.
» December 10, 1971: The Angels trade SS Jim Fregosi to the Mets for four players, including OF Leroy Stanton and P Nolan Ryan. This will rank as probably the Angels' best trade.
» April 29, 1972: Leading the Phillies 40, San Diego ace Steve Arlin loses a no hitter in 9th with two 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.
» June 27, 1972:
Nolan Ryan (8-5) triples and scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as California beats the Twins, 31. Poor base-running in the 4th doesn't help the Twins cause: With Harmon 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.
» July 1, 1972: Nolan Ryan allows five hits and strikes out 16 in pitching the Angels to a 53 victory over the Athletics. Ryan has an RBI single and is helped by homers from Ken Berry and Leo Cardenas, off Steve Hamilton.
» July 5, 1972: Nolan Ryan (10-5) strikes out eight in topping the Brewers, 21. Winston Llenas, batting for Ryan in the 9th, singles off starter Earl Stephenson for the winning run.
» July 9, 1972: The Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters, including an American League-record eight in a row and three on nine pitches in the 2nd inning, as he stops the Red Sox on one hit. Carl Yastrzemski's one-out single in the 1st is only hit: Ryan then racks up his eight K's and retires the last 26 consecutive batters. Sonny Siebert loses the 30 battle. For Ryan, he is the 3rd pitcher to twice fan the side on nine pitches.
» July 31, 1972:
Royals OF Amos Otis scores the game's 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.
» August 18, 1972: Mickey Lolich regains first place for the Tigers as he bests the Angels and Nolan Ryan 20. It is Lolich's 19th win.
» September 27, 1972:
The Dodgers Don Sutton shuts out San Diego, 20, handing Steve Arlin his National League-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.
» 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 30. For C Jeff Torborg, it is his 3rd no-hitter. SS Rudi Meoli preserves the no-no with a spectacular over the shoulder catch in the 8th.
» July 15, 1973: Before 41,411 in Detroit, Angel ace Nolan Ryan hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in taming the Tigers 60. Ryan fans 17 battersthe most ever in a 9-inning no-hitterincluding eight straight, but only one over the last two innings. Nolan's arm stiffens while watching his team rally for five runs in the top of the 8th. With two outs in the 9th, Norm Cash, who had struck out his three 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 eight in a row ties the American League record he set last year.
» August 29, 1973: Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop fly drops between two Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees, 50.
» September 11, 1973: Samuel Ewing sets an unenviable record by striking out four times in his first ML game, as the White Sox are throttled by Nolan Ryan and the Angels 31.
» September 27, 1973: The Angels Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings, beating the Twins 54. The final strikeout victim, Rich Reese, is 383 of the season for Ryan, enabling him to surpass the major-league 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.
» April 5, 1974: Streakers and strippers highlight the Opening Day game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The Angels beat the White Sox 82. 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 four years in a row the knuckler will lead in that category.
» June 14, 1974: Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper six times in a row. In an unusual double-double, he also walks 10 batters for the 2nd time this year. The Angels finally win in 15 innings 43, with the win going to Barry Raziano over Luis Tiant.
» July 17, 1974: Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan's 3,000th K victim six years later. The Reds shrug it off, scoring six runs in the first inning and three in the 2nd on their way to a 127 win.
» August 12, 1974:
Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and walks only two as the Angels top the Red Sox 42.
» August 20, 1974: Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 in 11 innings, but loses to the Tigers 10 at Anaheim Stadium. Mickey Lolich goes the distance for the win.
» September 7, 1974: During a 31 win over the Chicago White Sox, California's Nolan Ryan has a fastball clocked at 100.8 miles per hourthe fastest pitch ever recorded.
» September 28, 1974: In his last start of the year, Nolan Ryan pitches his 3rd career no-hitter, victimizing the Twins 40. In the process, the Angels hurler strikes out 15 batters for the 6th time this season. Ryan also walks eight 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.
» June 1, 1975: The Angels Nolan Ryan pitches his 4th career no-hitter, winning 10 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 93. Ryan has now struck out 96 in 96 innings. Today's win is his 100th.
» June 6, 1975: California's Nolan Ryan's bid for a 2nd no-hitter in a row is foiled by Hank Aaron's single in the 6th inning. Ryan gives up one other hit in overpowering the Brewers 60.
» June 14, 1975: Milwaukee defeats the Angels and Nolan Ryan, 64 at County Stadium. Aaron has two hits, including his 7th homer of the year.
» June 19, 1976: Nolan Ryan notches 15 strikeouts as the Angels top the Red Sox, 53. Vietnam vet Bob Jones belts his first ML homer, off Boston's Rick Wise.
» August 18, 1976: The Angels nip the Tigers 54 in 11 innings. Nolan Ryan works the first 10, fanning 17.
» September 10, 1976: Nolan Ryan hurls a 3-hit 32 victory for California, fanning 18 White Sox batsmen. Bart Johnson is the losing pitcher.
» September 20, 1976: The Angels Nolan Ryan outduels Rangers Bert Blyleven, 10.
» May 6, 1977: Angels P Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 in beating the Red Sox, 84.
» May 14, 1977:
Don Gullett outduels Nolan Ryan to give New York a 41 victory over California.
» June 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. Minnesota12 K in nine innings; May 24 vs. Detroit12 K in nine innings; May 29 vs. Toronto12K in nine innings; June six vs. Detroit11 K in 7.2 innings; June eight vs. Toronto19 K in 10 innings; June 12 vs. Cleveland10K in 6.2 innings; June 16 vs. Minnesota14K in 8.2 innings.
» April 24, 1978: The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Marinersthe 20th time he has had 15 K's in a gamein nine innings, but leaves without a decision. Seattle prevails 65 in the 12th frame.
» August 16, 1978: Boston's Luis Tiant wins his 200th ML game, beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels, 42. Jim Rice's 2-run home run is the difference.
» June 9, 1979: Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters in a 4-hit, 91, Angels victory over the Tigers.
» July 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: 61 over New York, and 20 over Oakland, respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko.
» November 2, 1979: Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan are the top names available in the reentry draft held at New York's Plaza Hotel.
» November 19, 1979: The Astros sign reentry free agent Nolan Ryan, formerly of the Angels, to a 4-year, $4.5 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in the ML.
» April 12, 1980: In his first game in the National League 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 54 lead, but Los Angeles wins 65 in 17 innings.
» July 4, 1980: Nolan Ryan fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 4th pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Ironically, Geronimo was also Bob Gibson's 3,000th career strikeout victim six years earlier. Despite the milestone, Ryan allows six runs in four 1/3 innings and Houston loses, 81.
» August 24, 1980:
Nolan Ryan holds the Cubs to two hits in nine innings to give the Astros their 10th straight victory, 21, winning over Bill Caudill. Jose Cruz homers. During the streak, the Houston bull pen has thrown 37 2/3 shut out innings.
» October 4, 1980:
The Dodgers break a 11 tie on a 4th inning home run from Steve Garvey to beat the Astros 21. Loser Nolan Ryan goes 1110, while Jerry Reuss wins his 18th. Houston now leads by one game with one to play.
» October 12, 1980: The Phillies capture their first NL title since 1950 with a 10-inning 87 win over the Astros in the 5th and final game of the NLCS. Each of the last four games was decided in extra innings. The Phils, down by three runs to Nolan Ryan in the 8th, rally, winning on Garry Maddox's double in the 10th.
» May 4, 1981: Yankee reliever Ron Davis strikes out the last eight batters of the game in a 42 win over the Angels, tying Nolan Ryan's American League record (done twice) for consecutive strikeouts and setting a new record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.
» June 5, 1981: Houston's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as baseball's all-time walk leader, walking two batters in a 30 win over the Mets to raise his total to 1,777. Ryan also fans 10 batters while pitching a 5-hitter.
» June 10, 1981: Phillies 1B Pete Rose singles off Nolan Ryan in the first inning to tie Stan Musial as the National League's all-time hit leader with 3,630, then strikes out in his next three at bats. Rose's single is the only hit off Ryan until the 8th inning, when Philadelphia scores five times for a 54 win over Houston.
» September 26, 1981: Nolan Ryan no-hits the Dodgers 50 to become the only ML pitcher to toss five career no-hitters. Ryan had shared the record of four 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.
» October 1, 1981: Needing a win to go into first place in the National League West, the Reds lose to Nolan Ryan and the Astros, 81. Houston wins two out of three with the Reds to finish first by 1.5 games.
» October 6, 1981: In the National League Western Division playoff opener, Nolan Ryan pitches the Astros to a 31 win over LA.
» August 11, 1982: Houston's Nolan Ryan pitches his 8th career one-hitter 30 at San Diego. Terry Kennedy's 5th-inning single is the only Padres hit.
» August 31, 1982: The Mets lose their 15th in a row 40 on Nolan Ryan's 2-hitter. The Mets will finally win the following day, beating the Astros 51.
» April 17, 1983: Nolan Ryan fans seven Expos in a 63 Houston win to become only the 2nd pitcher to record 3,500 career strikeouts.
» April 27, 1983: In a 42 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 3,509. Ryan will finish the season at 3,677, with Steve Carlton leading at 3,709.
» May 20, 1983: In a 50 loss to the Padres, Steve Carlton strikes out four batters to move past Walter Johnson into 2nd place on baseball's all-time strikeout list. Carlton's 3,511 strikeouts leave him 10 behind Nolan Ryan, who broke Johnson's record earlier this season.
» June 7, 1983: Steve Carlton overtakes Nolan Ryan as baseball's all-time strikeout leader, fanning six batters in a 21 loss to the Cardinals to bring his career total to 3,526. In Houston, Ryan strikes out three Giants while getting no decision in the Astros' 42 win, leaving him with 3,525.
» June 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 20 shutout to move back into a first-place tie with Steve Carlton with 3,535 career strikeouts. The two 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, 3,709 to 3,677.
» July 10, 1983:
The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 108 and 42. In the nitecap, Giants RF Jack Clark throws out Junior Kennedy 93. It is the 3rd time in two years Clark has done it: he did on July 30th to Reds P Charlie Puleo and on September 20, 1981 to Nolan Ryan.
» July 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 3,500 career strikeouts, fanning four Indians in a 54 victory to raise his total to 3,501.
» August 3, 1983: Nolan Ryan pitches his 9th career one-hitter, striking out 10 Padres on the way to a 10 victory. Tim Flannery's 3rd-inning single is San Diego's only hit.
» September 5, 1984:
At San Francisco, Nolan Ryan pitches eight innings, striking out eight in beating the Giants, 41. Ryan strikes out Giants Chili Davis to nudge ahead of Steve Carlton in all time strike outs.
» May 18, 1985: At Houston, the Astros beat the Cards, 65. Nolan Ryan caps Houston's scoring with a 2-run single in the 8th. It is his first since May 1984, a strong of 57 hitless at bats.
» July 11, 1985: Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts, fanning Danny Heep in the 6th inning of Houston's 43 win over the Mets. Ryan finishes with 11 strikeouts in seven innings but gets no decision. Bill Doran's 5th hit drives home Dickie Thon in the 12th with the winning run.
» April 8, 1986:
Rookie Will Clark thrills the crowd by hitting a home run in his first at bat, and off no less than Nolan Ryan. The Giants beat the Astros 83.
» April 29, 1986: Twenty-three-year-old Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 batters in a 31 win over Seattle, breaking the major-league record of 19 shared by Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, and Tom Seaver. Clemens doesn't walk a batter, allows just three hits, and ties the American League record (Ryan and Davis) with eight consecutive strikeouts in the middle innings.
» August 5, 1986: The Reds pound the Giants' new pitcher Steve Carlton for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to win 116. Carlton records his 4,000th 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.
» August 27, 1986: Nolan Ryan posts his 250th career victory, allowing one hit in six innings as the Astros beat the Cubs 71.
» October 14, 1986:
Breaking out of a 1-for-21 slump, Mets C Gary Carter drives in the winning run of the Mets 21 win in the bottom of the 12th, rendering meaningless Nolan Ryan's nine innings of 2-hit, 12-strikeout pitching.
» June 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, 3,640 strikeouts (3rd on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton), and 61 shutouts (7th).
» July 8, 1987: Floyd Youmans pitches a one-hitter to beat the Astros and Nolan Ryan 10. Houston's lone hit is an 8th-inning single by Kevin Bass.
» August 29, 1987: Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for a ML-record 11th time, fanning seven Pirates in six innings of an 82 Astros loss.
» September 9, 1987: Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 Giants in eight innings during Houston's 42 victory to take over the ML strikeout lead with 226. Ryan will finish the season with 270 strikeouts, tops in the major leagues.
» April 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 32, 10-inning win. Ryan will have five one-hitters with the lone hit coming in the 9th inning.
» July 9, 1988:
Nolan Ryan wins his 100th game as an Astro 63 over the Mets, and becomes the 7th pitcher in ML history to win 100 for two different clubs. Ryan won 138 games for the Angels in the 1970s.
» December 7, 1988: The Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract.
» April 12, 1989: In his 2nd start for Texas, Nolan Ryan no-hits the Brewers for seven innings before Terry Francona singles. Ryan also sets a club record with 15 strikeouts on the way to an 81 win.
» April 23, 1989: Nolan Ryan is two outs from a no-hitter when Nelson Liriano triples and Ryan settles for a 41 one-hitter over the Blue Jays. It is Ryan's 10th career one-hitter, though the only one that breaks up a no-hitter in the last inning.
» June 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 61 win over Seattle. Ryan also strikes out 11 to tie Don Sutton's major-league record of 21 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.
» August 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 41 win over the Tigers.
» August 22, 1989: Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson in the 5th inning of a 20 loss to Oakland to become the only pitcher in ML history to strike out 5,000 batters. Ryan (137) strikes out 13 but loses to Welch (14-7), who K's nine in eight innings.
» September 30, 1989:
Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 Angels in a 20 three-hitter to raise his season total to 301. It is his 6th 300-strikeout season, but first since 1977.
» April 9, 1990: On Opening Day, Houston's Glenn Davis ties a major-league record when he is hit by pitches three times in an 84, 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.
» April 9, 1990:
On Opening Day in Texas, the Rangers beat Toronto, 42. Texas ace Nolan Ryan pitches seven innings of no hit ball and then is lifted by Bobby Valentine. Because of the baseball strike, Ryan had pitched just seven innings of spring training and Valentine does not want to risk injury.
» April 26, 1990: Nolan Ryan pitches a one-hitter and sets a Ranger record with 16 strikeouts in a 10 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.
» June 11, 1990: Ageless Nolan Ryan pitches his unprecedented 6th career no-hitter, striking out 14 batters in a 50 win over the A's. He is the first to pitch a no-hitter for three different teams, and the first to throw a no-hitter in three different decades. The A's are missing Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Carney Lansford in the lineup.
» July 2, 1990: Nolan Ryan strikes out seven batters in a 32 loss to the Red Sox. This gives him a record 22 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts. He had shared the record of 21 with Don Sutton.
» July 30, 1990:
Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th 300 game winner in history, in a 113 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.
» August 17, 1990: In Chicago's 42 game two win over Texas, Carlton Fisk homers off Charlie Hough to become the White Sox' all-time home run leader (with 187) and the all-time leader in home runs 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 eight frames for the Chisox.
» April 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 four runs in two innings, and is down 41 to his father when he leaves the game. Dad gives up five hits, three runs, and strikes out seven in five innings, as the Rangers win 125.
» April 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.
» April 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 5,000 innings pitched. Ryan notches the victory for his 1st win of the year.
» 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 American League 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 5,000th career strikeout.
» May 23, 1991: Philadelphia's Tommy Greene tosses a 2-0 no-hitter against the Expos. Greene strikes out 10 batters and walks seven in the contest. The victory gives Greene one fewer career win (6) than Nolan Ryan has no-hitters (7).
» June 15, 1991: Pitching against the Reds in only his second major league start, Phillies rookie Andy Ashby strikes out the side on nine 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.
» July 23, 1991: Texas's Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox. Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan's 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record.
» September 12, 1991: Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan wins his 10th game, beating the Twins, 43, 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.
» May 30, 1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 81, 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.
» July 26, 1992: Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter, reaching that mark for a record 23rd year in a row. He subdues the Orioles 62 and passes Phil Niekro as number 12 on the all-time win list with 319. Juan Gonzalez helps with a 450 foot homer to CFthe longest yet at Camden Yards.
» August 6, 1992:
Texas P Nolan Ryan is ejected from a game for the first time in his 26-year career, getting tossed after engaging in a shouting match with Oaklands Willie Wilson with two outs in the ninth inning. The Athletics win, 2-0.
» August 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 six punches. Ventura is suspended two games for his actions, while Ryan is not disciplined.
» September 12, 1993: The Twins defeat the Rangers, 4-2, on Nolan Ryan Appreciation Night in Arlington, Texas. Ryan takes the loss for Texas.
» September 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.
» September 28, 1993: After three unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th National League 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.
» April 26, 1995:
At Kansas City, Royals Kevin Appier is lifted after six 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 30 when he exits and the Royals win 51. Nolan Ryan, in the 1990 opener, also was lifted in a no hitter because of limited work in spring training.
» August 15, 1997:
The Orioles and Mariners split a day-night twinbill, the O's taking the opener, 43 and the M's the nitecap, 83. 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).
» January 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.
» January 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.
» April 20, 1999:
The Nolan Ryan Museum opens in Alvin, Texas.
» July 25, 1999:
George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, Orlando Cepeda, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
» September 10, 2000: The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in seven innings, including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3,000th 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).
» June 17, 2001: Royals fireballer Blake Stein fans eight straight Brewers, and 11 in five 2/3 innings, but Milwaukee defeats Kansas City, 5-2. Only Nolan Ryan (twice), Ron Davis and Roger Clemens have struck out eight in a row in the AL. Tom Seaver holds the major-league record with 10 straight K's, in 1970.
» October 2, 2001: Randy Johnson (216) strikes out six batters in seven innings in the Diamondbacks 101 win over Colorado. Arizona stays two games ahead of SF with Johnson's 200th career victory. The six K's give Johnson a season total of 372, and leaves Nolan Ryan's modern day single season record of 383, set in 1973, safe. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch, giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (1413) retaliates by plunking Johnson, upsetting the D'Back's bench. Luis Gonzalez hits his 57th home run for Arizona.