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Filling the Void: The Ageless Wonder Hurls Another No-No

At age 44, Nolan Ryan reminds us why he’s known as one of the most dominant pitchers ever to take the mound in Major League Baseball

Nolan Ryan by Chuck Andersen is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Filling the Void: The Ageless Wonder Hurls Another No-No


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Having a hard time with the Major League Baseball lockout? Yeah – us too. Especially when Spring Training should have started and there are still so many questions left to answer before the season can begin. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease that tension. While we may not have any current MLB baseball to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconicnoteworthy, and remarkable baseball games we could find. We also found some mundanerun of the mill storiesthat seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles an MLB game, right? Until the lockout ends, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.

Baseball of a Bygone Era – Nolan Ryan’s 7th No Hitter – 5/1/1991

There are names across sport that, when uttered, instantly evoke greatness. Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady…the list goes on. One of those names in the baseball world is Nolan Ryan. Much like Tom Brady, he wasn’t a known commodity entering the big leagues. He wasn’t drafted until the 12th round of the 1965 MLB Amateur Draft (by the New York Mets). Early on in his career, he wasn’t turning heads. His Mets record was 29-38 when he was traded for Jim Fregosi.

But as his career wore on, his legendary status grew with each start. When I revisited this game, I didn’t realize it took place in 1991. I was a teenager when it happened, which likely explains why I was oblivious to this historic game. But as I sat and watched, I was constantly reminded of what the Mets let get away thanks to positional needs and bad timing.

  • Nolan Ryan was 44 when he pitched this game – FORTY FOUR!!!!
  • In his previous start, he had thrown 131 pitches – ONE HUNDRED THIRTY ONE PITCHES!!! (In 27 starts that season, Ryan eclipsed 100 pitches in all but 8 starts)
  • His last no-hitter before this one was less than a year prior (June 11, 1990)
  • He pitched 12 1-hitters (tied with Bob Feller) over the course of his career

A Look Back During the Broadcast

Obviously, there wasn’t much in the way of “action” during the game. The Rangers only put up three runs in the game, and they all came in the bottom of the third inning. As early as the 4th inning, the commentators started talking about the “no-hit” watch. Such was the reputation of Nolan Ryan. Over the course of the game, they look back on his many accomplishments. They put up graphics that boggle the mind (HOFers he’s K’d; fathers/sons he’s K’d). Even the lineup he faced in this game was pretty impressive. Names like Joe Carter, John Olerud, and Roberto Alomar were no slouches with the bat. But against Ryan, they looked out of their element, which speaks volumes about his stuff on the mound.

If you’re not familiar with Ryan’s dominance, you’ll most definitely enjoy watching him work.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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