Man, if there ever was a title that fit a hero….it’s this one in regards to Nolan Ryan…..for he was all of those things and more…..with a baseball Hall of Fame statement that started with the New York Mets on September 11, 1966…..when a 19 year old from Alvin, Texas named Nolan Ryan toed the rubber for his MLB debut…..as Mets Mgr Gil Hodges was quoted as saying “I just want him to give me 6 or 7 good innings.”……and from that point until September 22, 1993, when Big Tex hung up his cleats, this man dominated the category of strikeouts in Major League Baseball…..while ending his career with 5,714, a mere 839 K’s more than # 2 Randy Johnson with 4,875….and folks, as of 2020, there is NOBODY on the horizon in MLB that is even close to being on track to tie or break his record. For this reason and so much more, Nolan Ryan is held in high esteem here at ImaSportsphile….so, you will find that the videos that I share in this post, are simply the best.
MLB – 1966 To 1993 – Special – A Comprehensive Look At The Mechanics Of Nolan Ryan Pitching Throughout His Career
Nolan was born January 31, 1947…..the same year and month as BD….as he still remains today one week younger than BD. These two men are kindred spirits in many ways….both being under the horoscope sign of Aquarius…as well as both being Baby Boomers….and both being lifelong Sportsphiles. When you add to that the fact that both were born and raised in West Texas (Midland and Refurio)….oh my God Dog….both are West Texas boys, albeit Refurio is in Southwest Texas. and he only lived there for 6 years….but that was enough to get a “good dose of West Texas…..while those 6 years in West Texas has made Big Tex and Bone Daddy to have an unbelievable bond between the two….even though they never met each other personally.
MLB – 1966 To 1993 – Special – Career Highlights Of Hall Of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan
During Nolan’s 27-year major league baseball career from 1966 – 1993….he pitched for four different teams….the New York Mets….the Anaheim Angels….the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Since he played for both Texas teams….that is just far more reason why ImaSportsphile has so much luv to give to Big Tex. While his lifetime winning percentage was a relatively pedestrian .526….that was mostly because he played for teams that were “losers”….Ryan however, was an eight-time MLB All-Star….and he holds four MLB records that we feel will never be broken…..with first being his 5,714 career strikeouts ranks first in baseball history by a significant nearly 900….while the 2nd potentially unbeatable record is his 7 No Hitters, especially when you consider the 2nd on the list is Sandy Koufax from the 1950’s, who has 4 No Hitters….while the 3rd potentially unbreakable MLB record is his 2,795 base on balls which leads retired 2nd place Steve Carlton by 962….walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in MLB history….while his 4th potentially unbeatable record is his season batting average against of .204, which is totally overlooked by baseball pundits, for he was virtually unhittable. You can easily see why we are of the opinions that 100 years from now in 2120, these 4 records in MLB could easily still be standing.
MLB – 1966 To 1993 – Special – 7 Reasons Nolan Ryan Was The Greatest MLB Pitcher Of All Time
Other than Jackie Robinson….whose number was retired by every MLB team….Nolan is the only major league player to have his number retired by at least 4 teams….Mets….Angels….Astros….and Rangers…. and that in itself kinda tells the whole story….cuz everywhere that The Ryan Express played….no matter which team he played for….he was a long tall Texan….who rode a big white hoss….every time he took the mound throughout the course of his playing career….he rode in like a “Marshall with a fast gun”.
MLB – 1991 – Special – Highlights Of Featuring Texas Rangers P Nolan Ryan’s Fastball Grunt During His 6th No Hitter Game Against The Oakland A’s
So, like the song says….“I am a long tall Texan….I ride a big white hoss….yes I’m a long tall Texan….I enforce justice for the law….And people look at me and say….Hey Nolan….is you the law?”….for every time that HEAT, Inc. took the mound….you knew who the Sheriff was….and he could bring heat way faster than any lawman to ever toe the mound. Any way you cut the pie, Big Tex deserves his hallowed position here at ImaSportsphile….and this lil ole Chiweenie Sportsphile guarantees that I will write more stories and post more Nolan Ryan videos from our extensive library.
MLB & Music – 1966 To 1993 – Special – Song And Career Photos Of Nolan Ryan “Feel The Heat Strike Um Out Nolan”