Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1, 1991: Nolan Ryan tosses his 7th no no

On May 1, 1991, at the age of 44, Texas Rangers fireballer Nolan Ryan threw the seventh no hitter of his career. The historic performance came in front of a home crowd in Arlington, Texas as Ryan struckout 16 men en route to a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan's no no didn't only make him the oldest pitcher to accomplish the feat, it also set a mark that is likely to never be matched.  Only three other men have tossed more than one no hitter over the course of their career; Sandy Koufax had four, Cy Young and Bob Feller both had three, and Larry Corcoran had two of them. Nearly 18 years had passed since Ryan's first no hitter that came in May of 1973 when he was a member of the California Angels. Ryan tossed 12 one hitters in his career which is a record he shares with Bob Feller, he also tossed 18 two hitters. Despite the pure dominance on the mound he never did win a Cy Young award.

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