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The Rangers Years (1989-1993)

The talk that Nolan Ryan had begun to act more like a 42 year old than a kid with a blazing fastball only made the man push harder. He had missed the last part of the previous season with a hamstring injury and still seemed to be sufering, though he kept on with his rigorous training rituals and exercises.

His first start in the American League in 9 years came on April 12 against the Brewers. He took a no-hitter into the 8th inning and racked up 15 strikeouts. The rest of his years with the Rangers seem almost unreal: 2 more no-hitters, 2 more seasons leading the league in strikeouts, and reaching the 300 win and 5000 strikeout plateu - something never before done in history.

It was a fitting end to the most amazing career in sports history, capped off by his introduction into the Hall of Fame, on his first ballot, on Jan 5, 1999.

Milestones

  • April 6, 1989 - First Rangers' start vs Detroit @ Arlington
    • 5IP 7H 4R 3ER 3BB 8SO
    • No decision
    • Mound opponent - Jeff Robinson
    • Catcher - Jim Sundberg
  • August 22, 1989 - Strikes out Oakland A's Rickey Henderson for career strikeout #5,000
  • July 12, 1989 - Pitches 2 innings in the All Star game in Aneheim and earns the victory to become the oldest pitcher to win an All Star game
  • 1989 - Selected Texas Rangers' Pitcher of the Year
  • 1989 - Won the American League's Joe Cronin Award for significant achievement
    • Joins Kansas City Royals' George Brett as the only 2-time recipients
  • June 11, 1990 - Pitches 6th no hitter
  • July 31, 1990 - Becomes the 20th pitcher to win 300 games
    • vs Milwaukee Brewers @ Milwaukee (11-3)
    • 7.2IP 6H 3R 1ER 2BB 8SO
    • Mound opponent - Chris Bosio
    • Catcher - Gino Petralli
  • 1990 - Receives the 22nd annual Man of the Year Award from The Sporting News
  • 1990 - Receives Male Athelete of the Year honors from United Press International
  • 1990 - Receives the United States Sports Academy/USA Today Pro Sportsman of the Year Award
  • May 1, 1991 - On the same day Oakland A's Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock's all time stolen base record, pitches 7th no hitter
  • August 6,1992 - Ejected for the only time in his career after hitting Oakland A's Willie Wilson with a pitch
  • September 15, 1996 - Texas Rangers retires jersey number 34
    • First jersey number in team history to be retired

Statistics

YEAR   TEAM      GAMES    W    L    S.O.     H    BB   CG  SHO   E.R.A.

1989   Rangers      32   16   10     301   162    98    6    2    3.20
1990   Rangers      30   13    9     232   137    74    5    2    3.44
1991   Rangers      27   12    6     203   102    72    2    2    2.91
1992   Rangers      27    5    9     157   138    69    2    0    3.72
1993   Rangers      13    5    5      46    54    40    0    0    4.88

TOTAL 5 years 129 51 39 939 593 353 15 6 3.63

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