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Where were you the night that Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout?

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It happened here and at the old Arlington Stadium.  Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout and set a record that will probably last forever:

“A fan favorite, Ryan was 42 years old and a 21-year major league veteran in 1989, but continued to deliver consistently powerful pitching. 
He was 14-7 coming into the game on August 22, with 219 strikeouts, and needed just six more to reach the 5,000-strikout milestone. 
Rickey Henderson led off the top of the fifth inning with Ryan sitting on 4,999. Henderson, as he did so often in his long career–he retired as the all-time walks leader–worked the count full, fouling off two pitches at a 3-2 count before swinging at and missing a low, 96-mile-per-hour fastball. 
After the game, Henderson told The New York Times, ”It was an honor to be the 5,000th. As Davey Lopes says, ‘If he ain’t struck you out, you ain’t nobody.’ ”Ryan had requested before the game that play not be stopped to honor him. Instead, after the fifth inning, Ryan was saluted by President George H.W. Bush in a videotaped message. (The president’s son George W. Bush was then the owner of the Rangers.)”

Ryan followed up the 5000th strikeout with a no hitter in 1990 and 1991.  

Nolan Ryan retired in 1993.   He pursued business interests including becoming a very successful baseball executive.  The Rangers won the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011 and made the post-season as a wild card in 2012.  

Ryan left the Rangers after the 2013 and is a consultant with the Houston Astros, although he spends most of his time these days at the ranch with Ruth.
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Written by scantojr

August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

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