Sept 9, 1987: Ryan's 4500th K
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 5:10am
The strikeout King
HOUSTON, TEXAS - If you needed a strikeout who would you want on the mound? Nolan Ryan wouldn't be a bad choice. On this date in 1987 the Houston Astros' right-hander struck out 16 in a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in the Astrodome. When Ryan struck out Mike Aldrete in the 7th he became the first pitcher to reach 4,500 strikeouts in a career. Only Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson have since reached that mark.
Noland Ryan is to strikeouts what Cy Young is to wins. Ryan has almost a thousand more Ks than number 2 on the list - Roger Clemens. Cy Young had 511 career wins. Number 2 is Walter Johnson with 417.
Here, according to BASEBALL-REFERENCE, are the top 10 career strikeout leaders:
1. Nolan Ryan - 5,714
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