Every now and then... I have a huge brain fart and I can't think of anything to write about. That's when I turn to www.todayinsport.com. It's a site that lists births, deaths, and major events that occur on any specific date.
So that's what I did today and that's when I discovered that on July 7th, 1991... Nolan Ryan almost threw his 8th no-hitter, which made me think: How many one hitters did this guy throw?
I eventually strolled across this page, which says he threw 12 one-hitters, which is tied for the most in MLB history with the great Bob Feller. This blew me away... because it somehow made his MLB record of seven no-hitters even cooler.
Which leads me to today's question of the day:
Based on his performance on the field,
do you think Nolan Ryan is overrated?
I've read this debate in forums before and as a kid I thought The Ryan Express was a pretty amazing pitcher. Then over the years, I read arguments about his zero Cy Young awards, 292 career losses (3rd in MLB history), and 2,795 walks (1st in MLB history)... and that made me start to second guess myself. Thankfully... today I took the time to look at his statistics again and read a few different arguments... which made me realize just how great he was.
So he only had 32 more wins than losses over a span of 27 seasons. And he may not have had the best control in the history of baseball. But the fact is... he's the all-time strikeout leader, no-hit leader, hits per 9 IP leader... was an 8x all-star... led his league in strikeouts eleven times, holds the AL record for strikeouts in a season (383 in 1973), and was a first ballot HOFer.
Do I think he's the greatest pitcher of all-time? Probably not. But as of today... I don't consider him to be overrated either. I just think of this guy as being one helluva pitcher and I'm glad I had the honor of watching him pitch on several occasions.
Plus... if you grew up in the 70's, 80's, and early 90's... then you know that Ryan was a household name. Anyone remember this card commemorating Ryan's 7th no-hitter?
1991 Leaf "Gold Rookies" #BC25
I worked at a card shop at the time and can remember these (along with the Rickey Henderson card from the same set) being ultra hot. Not positive... but I think we sold them for $10 to $15 each. Today you can pick one up for twenty cents on COMC. Ahhh... those were the days. Regardless of whether you think he's overrated or not... it's hard to argue his place in our hobby.
Happy Thursday everyone... and sayonara!