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nolan ryan strikeout trivia

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  • nolan ryan strikeout trivia

    here is a list of nolan ryans first and last strikeout by team
    arizona -- never faced
    atlanta -- first pat jarvis( 1st career) last ken oberkfell
    baltimore-- first don buford last mike devereaux
    boston--- first reggie smith last scott cooper
    chicago cubs-- first ron santo last mitch webster'
    chic. white sox first bill melton last ron karkovice
    cincinnati-- first tony perez last kal daniels
    cleveland-- first tom mccraw last kenny lofton
    colorado never faced
    detroit -- first mickey stanley last tony phillips
    houston-- first rusty staub last roger metzger
    kansas city-- first paul schaal last jose lind
    los angeles angels-- first claudell washington last greg myers ( last career)
    la dodgers-- first wes parker last john shelby
    miami never faced
    milwaukee-- first dave may last darryl hamilton
    minnesota-- first danny thompson last kirby puckett
    montreal-- first manny mota last andres gallaraga
    new york mets-- first mike jorgensen last mackey sasser
    ny yankees-- first johnny callison last roberto kelly
    oakland-- first angel mangual last brent gates
    philadelphia-- first cookie rojas last milt thompson
    pittsburgh-- first willie stargell last bobby bonilla
    san diego-- first cito gaston last andy hawkins
    san fransisco-- first frank johnson last brett butler
    seattle -- first dave collins last greg briley
    st.louis-- first lou brock last mike laga
    tampa bay never faced
    texas-- first hal king last bump wills
    toronto-- first john scott last ed sparague
    washington dc never faced.

  • #2
    Interesting... How long did that take to compile?
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    • #3
      In Ryan's debut game,, his second strikeout victim was Eddie Mathews, whose career began in 1952. Ryan has also struck out Omar Vizquel, who is still an active player. Other than Satchel Paige, can any other pitcher claim such a huge range of strikeout victims?

      Interestingly enough, Retrosheet doesn't show Ryan's matchups with Mathews or with Willie Mays, who I thought might have been the player with the earliest career that Ryan had faced. Looking up individual game data, I found out that he never did strike out Willie Mays, or for that matter, never faced Robin Roberts, who is the only other pre-Mays player that I think Ryan might have struck out.


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