“If they had a higher league, he could be in it,” – Hal McRae, after his Royals were no-hit by Ryan on May 15, 1973.
“I think I’d prefer to have an outstanding year, something like 27-5. That way, people would know I was great all year rather than on just one day.” – Nolan Ryan, after pitching his fourth no-hitter on June 1, 1975.
With the California Angels from 1973-1979, Nolan Ryan teamed with left-handed pitcher Frank Tanana to form one of the best strikeout duos in baseball history. Tanana and Ryan combined for more than 500 K’s in 1976 and 1977.
On June 11, 1990, John Russell caught the sixth no-hitter of†Nolan Ryan’s career. It was the first time Russell had ever caught Ryan in a game, and just the fourth start for Russell behind the plate for Texas. Russell hit a home run in the game.
In 1989, Rickey Henderson was Ryan’s 5,000th strikeout victim.
Pitchers who won 100 games in the AL and NL
Al Orth … (104 in AL, 100 in NL)
Cy Young … (221 in AL, 290 in NL)
Jim Bunning … (118 in AL, 106 in NL)
Fergie Jenkins … (115 in AL, 169 in NL)
Gaylord Perry … (139 in AL, 175 in NL)
Dennis Martinez … (141 in AL, 104 in NL)
Nolan Ryan … (189 in AL, 135 in NL)
Kevin Brown … (102 in AL, 109 in NL)
Randy Johnson … (164 in AL, 139 in NL)
Pedro Martinez … (117 in AL, 102 in NL)