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geauxkoo
Member since Oct 2021
559 posts

How the frick did I miss Nolan Ryan?

I'm not a baseball fan, and never have been, but I regret not being a part of his baseball career as it was happening.

I am disappointed in myself that I'm just realizing the career this guy had. It ranks right up there with any career in any sport. Of course I knew Nolan Ryan, but I had no idea the impact he had on baseball.

It costs 5 bucks, but there's a documentary on Prime called "Facing Nolan". It's worth every penny.

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he is the best pitcher in MLB history. And, no one will ever have a career that comes close to his.

I know this is Germans, but I just couldn't help myself.




HarryDoyle
Ole Miss Fan
Mississippi
Member since Jul 2022
75 posts

Ryan would strike you out or put you in a headlock and punch you repeatedly in the face. Your pick
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Hailstate15
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no one will ever have a career that comes close to his.


This isn’t a stretch it’s just common knowledge. No one will ever throw as many pitches as Nolan Ryan again in the history of humanity. His arm might as well have been made of vibranium


geauxkoo
Member since Oct 2021
559 posts

I don't know why the media doesn't talk about this more.

For crying out loud, he threw a no-hitter at 44.


Paul Allen
California Fan
Montauk, NY
Member since Nov 2007
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no one will ever have a career that comes close to his.



Nolan is definitely one of the all time greats, but Randy Johnson arguably had a better career than Nolan.

More all star game appearances and not to mention, 5 Cy Young Awards and a World Series MVP award.


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225rumpshaker
Houston Astros Fan
Texas
Member since Sep 2006
5499 posts

Dude wasn’t just durable but he sustained success for so damn long.


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Obi-Wan Tiger
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Member since Jan 2004
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quote:

It costs 5 bucks, but there's a documentary on Prime called "Facing Nolan". It's worth every penny.


Saw this at the theater a few weeks ago. Really well done.

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It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he is the best pitcher in MLB history.


I’m a huge Ryan fan but he was just too wild to be in that conversation imo. I think the doc gets it right. Best pitcher no. Most dominant when he was on his game? Yes. I’d throw the Big Unit right up next to him on that regard. But Johnson was a better overall pitcher too.
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Lawyered
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The Sip
Member since Oct 2016
21485 posts

Can’t believe he never won a cy young


extremetigerfanatic
LSU Fan
Denham Springs
Member since Oct 2003
4998 posts

I mean dude has a minor league team named after him. There aren’t any teams called The Unit. So I’d say he’s remembered correctly.


chinese58
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He took no-hitters to seven innings multiple times as a Ranger.


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Tigerfan1274
Member since May 2019
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7 no-hitters and also took 5 other no-hitters into the 9th. 12 complete game one-hitters. Absolutely amazing. All of this at a time when striking out 100 times in a season was frowned upon.


geauxkoo
Member since Oct 2021
559 posts

Dude had over 5,700 strike outs. Almost 1000 more than 2nd place.

That said, Randy Johnson is in second, and his career was much shorter than Ryan's.


dukke v
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PLUTO
Member since Jul 2006
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In todays era nobody touches 5,700 ever… there are two records that I know for sure that will never be broken…. Cy young at 511 wins and pistol Pete averaging over 40 ppg 3 strait years in college. Nolan joins that list.


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Hurricane Mike
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Member since Jun 2008
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He pitched for like 40 years, it's your own fault if you missed him


Honest Tune
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Louisiana
Member since Dec 2011
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He’s the GOAT, my favorite athlete ever. Saw him pitch several times in person. The mitt sounded different popping in the old Arlington Stadium when he was dialed in. His fastball echoed well into the parking lot.


Paul Allen
California Fan
Montauk, NY
Member since Nov 2007
71525 posts

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He pitched for like 40 years, it's your own fault if you missed him


But why you got to be an a-hole?


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Warheel
Houston Astros Fan
N Cackalacky
Member since Aug 2011
1871 posts

My favorite baseball player ever.


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BobABooey
LSU Fan
Parts Unknown
Member since Oct 2004
11254 posts

I bought his Mets rookie card for just over $100 and got $1100 for it after the 7th no-hitter. Great guy in my book!!!


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Nono
Member since Nov 2017
3898 posts

Personal opinion is Walter Johnson is best pitcher of all time

Ryan was special. He struck out everyone who was anyone. If Nolan didn’t strike you out, could you really say you were a major league player?


Warheel
Houston Astros Fan
N Cackalacky
Member since Aug 2011
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If Nolan didn’t strike you out, could you really say you were a major league player?



He struck out, what, seven or eight father son combos?


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