Sept 26, 1981: Ryan's 5th no-hitter
Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 11:00am
Nolan Ryan no-hits Dodgers
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to throw 5 no-hitters on this date in 1981. Pitching for the Houston Astros, Ryan shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Astrodome 5-0.
Ryan is in a class by himself when it comes to total career no-hitters. He ended up with 7. Sandy Koufax, with 4, is the only other pitcher to throw more than 3; although indicative of Koufax’s short-lived dominance, he threw his in a span of 4 seasons. Ryan’s no-no's were thrown over a 19-year span.
Getting back to September 26, 1981, Ryan came close to losing his shutout in the 2nd when he walked Steve Garvey to lead off. The Dodger first baseman stole second and went to third on a wild pitch – still with nobody out. Ryan struck out Pedro Guerrero and Mike Scioscia and got Ron Roenicke to fly out. Ryan finished the day striking out 11, walking 3 and giving up no hits.
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