Thursday, June 16, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1970'S: NOLAN RYAN FANS 19 TO TIE MLB RECORD

First we had Steve Carlton, then we had Tom Seaver, then they were joined by another future Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan as pitchers who struck out 19 batters in a nine inning game.
So since I created a “Highlight” card for the first two, here’s Nolan Ryan’s edition:


Ryan was absolutely ridiculous at this point in his career, and on August 12th 1974 he faced the Boston Red Sox and proceeded to mow them down one after the other, ending up with 19k’s and creating a three-way tie for the Major League record.
What is truly ridiculous is that Ryan whiffed 19 batters on June 14th of that year, though over 13 innings against the very same Red Sox, and THEN went out and struck out ANOTHER 19 batters barely a week after the nine-inning game, when he chalked up 19 K’s against the Detroit Tigers over 11 innings on August 20th.
Little did we all know that the guy would be throwing this way through the NEXT decade and into the 1990’s, adding more 300-K seasons and a few more no-hitters.
Bionic. The man was just bionic...

2 comments:

  1. The Ryan Express.....The Eighth Wonder of the World.

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  2. That was the first major league game I ever attended, and as a knowledgeable 13-year-old fan, I knew the record was in danger as the game moved along. Rico Petrocelli struck out 4 times and Bob Montgomery whiffed 3 times before Bernie Carbo pinch hit for him and became the 19th victim. Frank Robinson drew 4 bases on balls, and Bob Oliver hit a 3-run homer for the Angels--the second-last of his major league career. I still have the scorecard (with all the K's there), which Don Drysdale--then an Angels' broadcaster with Dick Enberg--was kind enough to autograph years later.

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