Thursday, July 28, 2016

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S: "THE RYAN EXPRESS" NOLAN RYAN

Don’t know why it took so long, but here’s a “nickname” card for all-time legend Nolan Ryan, the “Ryan Express”, who was starting a run like no other by the time this 1974 card would have been issued:


What really needs to be said about a guy who has become more myth than baseball legend?
300+ wins, 5700+ strikeouts, 60+ shutouts, and oh yeah SEVEN no-hitters, two of which came when he was well into his 40’s while with the Texas Rangers!
I used the 1974 template since he was fresh off his record-breaking 383 strikeout season of 1973, his second consecutive 300+ strikeout season, and on his way to make the Mets regret BIG TIME for letting him go.
I love thinking about the fact that he did all of this in the American League, with the designated hitter. Now imagine how many strikeouts he could have had in his prime pitching in the National League where the pitcher batted?!
Would it be safe to say you could add 20-30 strikeouts a season to his total?
Hey, you never know…
Nevertheless, the man became a baseball God, eventually finding his place in the Hall of Fame upon his first year of eligibility as an absolute no-brainer.
I just thank the skies above that I got to see him pitch in-person!

2 comments:

  1. The Ryan Express: The 8th. Wonder of the Workd!

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  2. What's amazing is that he never captured a Cy Young Award in his 27 years of dominance.

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