August 22 Marks 27th Anniversary When MLB Legend Nolan Ryan Hit Milestone of 5000 Strikeouts

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On August 27, 1989, Texas Rangers legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first an only pitcher in MLB history to reach 5000 strikeouts. A recent article in Call to the Pen describes how Nolan Ryan was in his mid 40’s when the historic milestone was reached. Source: Call to the Pen
According to the Call to the Pen article Nolan Ryan had some impressive statistics for the 1989 season:

“That year, Ryan finished with a 16-10 record, leading the American League with 301 strikeouts, while posting a 3.20 ERA and a 1.086 WHiP. Ryan led the league in Strikeouts per nine, and had the fewest hits allowed per nine innings, as was typically the case throughout his career.”

Nolan Ryan is a Hall of Fame Pitcher who played for the Houston Astros & Texas Rangers. Known both for his fastball and as a role model for players and fans alike, he is considered to be one of the best pitchers of all time. Ryan struck out a record 5,714 batters and had 61 shutouts over a career that spanned from 1966 through 1993. Ryan’s career saw 324 games won and 292 games lost. 1973 marked the beginning of what would later become a baseball legend when Ryan set an MLB record of 383 strikeouts for a single season.
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