On This Day In Baseball History: May 1, 1991

Nolan Ryan


Nolan Ryan, at the age of 44, throws the seventh and final no-hitter of his amazing career by striking out 16 Blue Jays. Ryan’s seven career no-hitters is three more than any other player. His seven no-hitters span three decades (1970-1990s). Nolan Ryan’s 27 seasons is the modern-day record (since 1900). Ryan, of course, is the all-time leader in career strikeouts (5,714). He also has the fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.56). Ryan finished his career second in games started (773), fifth in innings pitched (5,386), and 14th in wins (324). Ryan was not without blemish though. Eight times he lead his lead in walks, twice exceeding 200 and six times exceeding 150. Ryan played so long that he struck out seven father/son combinations; Sandy Alomar and Sandy Alomar and Roberto Alomar, Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey, Hal McRae and Brian McRae, Dick Schofield and Dick Schofield, and Maury Wills and Bump Wills.


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