Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Happy Birthday - Nolan Ryan

Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in a record-tying 27 seasons. Ryan still holds many major-league pitching records, some by such wide margins over previous marks that they will likely stand for many years.
Ryan, a hard throwing right handed pitcher, threw pitches which were regularly recorded in the 100-mph range, even past the age of 40. The media tagged him "The Ryan Express" (a reference to the 1965 film Von Ryan's Express).

Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history. He leads the runner-up, Roger Clemens, by approximately 1,200 strikeouts. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more men than any other pitcher in Major League history.

Ryan is also the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters with 12.

Why the photo above?

Well it goes with the joke, "Who is the only batter to ever get six consecutive hits off Nolan Ryan?" Robin Ventura of course!


Wadical said...

Apparently he can throw a punch too. Look at that old man go!

WayneDawg said...

Wadical - Darn good to hear from you! I hope you are doing well these days my friend.

QuakerDave said...

Noogies. Not punches. I remember that game. Not all the picture says it was.

But man, that man could throw. Pitches.