Nolan Ryan Wins 300th Game
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Nolan Ryan has a new number to define his standing in baseball history: 300.
A crowd of more than 51,500 Tuesday witnessed the tall Texas Ranger right- hander become only the 20th pitcher to win 300 games.
″I’m relieved that it’s over with. I don’t have any plans to celebrate. I’m probably one of the most boring people around,″ Ryan said after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3 to reach the milestone on his second try.
At 43, Ryan still managed to get his fastball across in the mid-90 mph range.
He also struck out eight, increasing his major league record total to 5,219.
Earlier this season he pitched his sixth no-hitter, another major league record.
The victory came in his 695th career start and gave him a lifetime record of 300-267. He won his first game in 1968 with the New York Mets and became the first pitcher to reach 300 since Don Sutton in 1986.
Tuesday’s crowd, including 15 of Ryan’s family and friends and Rangers owner George Bush, son of the president, gave a standing ovation when he walked to the dugout before the game and cheered him loudly throughout the evening.
Flashbulbs popped all during the night, ″300″ signs dotted the ballpark and Ryan’s two sons were in the Texas dugout.
Ryan failed to win No. 300 against the New York Yankees last week in the Rangers’ home park when he gave up seven runs and 10 hits, including three homers. His ailing back threatened to delay the quest even longer.
But Tuesday, with a national TV audience watching and a sellout crowd pulling for him, he got it done.
″In the scheme of things, I really don’t know what it’s going to mean to me,″ he said. ″I’ve gotten a lot of satisfaction out of what I’ve accomplished. I’m not one to reflect back on my career.″
Ryan threw 103 strikes, one of which was clocked at 96 mph. He gave up only six hits and walked two before leaving in the eighth inning.