Vol 8, No 191
July 9, 1972
9 pitches, 3 strike outs, Nolan Ryan is HOT!
Ryan sets MLB Record
LOS ANGELES CA (1972)
On this date in 1972, California Angels pitcher and native Texan, Nolan Ryan, struck out three batters in nine pitches against the Boston Red Sox. Nolan Ryan became only the 7th picture in American League history to strike out the side with only nine pitches, and the first picture in Major League history to accomplish this in both leagues. In the 1968 season with the National League New York Mets, Ryan struck out three St Louis Cardinals, also with just nine pitches.
Over the next 20 years, Nolan Ryan would break dozens of major league pitching records, including career strike outs, career wins, career no-hitters, and career walks.