Thursday, January 21, 2010

1976 Topps #330 - Nolan Ryan

  • It would take several posts to do Mr. Ryan justice. He's a legend. We didn't always think so though. Perhaps it was his winning percentages. He was usually right around .500 and he also never won a Cy Young Award.

  • Here's a list of his accomplishments:

7 no-hitters

12 one-hitters

8 All Star games

Strikeout leader 11 times

ERA leader twice

Lifetime record: 324-292 (.526)

All time strikeout leader (5714)

All time walk leader (2795)

27 major league seasons (all-time record)

Number retired by the Angels (#30), Astros (#34), and Rangers (#34)

Major League All Century Team

Hall of Fame in 1999 (98.79% of the vote)

  • Seven of the ten pitchers with the highest similarity scores are in the Hall of Fame. Two others will be there (Randy Johnson and Bert Blyleven) and the tenth might get there if the writers don't hold the 'roids against him (Roger Clemens).

Nolan Ryan's 5000th Strikeout August 12, 1989

Nolan Ryan's 7th No-Hitter

Nolan Ryan on the soap opera Ryan's Hope in September 1975.

Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura

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