Vol MMXVII, No 117
April 27, 1983
Nolan Ryan becomes New Strike Out King
Born This Date
Baseball Slugger Rogers Hornsby born in Winters
On this date in 1896, baseball slugger Rogers Hornsby was born in Winters, Texas. Hornsby ranks 2nd in career batting average just .009 behind Ty Cobb.
In 1922, Hornsby became the first National League to ever hit 40 home runs in a season. In 1924, Hornsby hit for a .424 average, a major league record that still holds. In 1926, Horsby led the St Louis Cardinals to a world series championship.
Horsby was the master of waiting for the right pitch. During one at bat, a frustrated pitcher, upset at the umpire for calling three balls that the pitcher thought should be strikes, provoked the umpire who then replied, "Son, when you throw a strike, Mr. Hornsby will let you know."
3,509 And Still Counting
On this date in 1983, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan passed Walter Johnson's all time strike out record, striking out Brad Mills of the Expos for Ryans 3,509th. Ryan would extend the record to 5,714 before his retirement in 1993.