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
Bionic. The man was just bionic...