Ryan’s 6th No-Hitter

The current O.co Coliseum has been host to a number of historic feats over the years. No other one was Nolan Ryan’s 6th No-hitter, which took place on 06/11/1990. Facing an A’s team that had dominated baseball in the late 1980s and were defending World Series champions, 43 year old Nolan Ryan defied his age one more time with this historic event. The Oakland Alameda Coliseum crowd gave Ryan a standing ovation as he retired the final batter against their hometown A’s. Nolan Ryan, who was by far the oldest player in MLB during the 1990 season, was one of the few pitchers who were always capable of throwing a no-hitter on any given day. This performance against the A’s was as good as any as Ryan racked up 14 K’s while only issuing 2 bases on balls during the game. Nolan’s fastball consistently registered 96-100 mph by Oakland Alameda County Coliseum radar guns that day, as Ryan dominated the A’s

The 6th of Ryan’s 7 No Hitters

Ryan was one of the few professional athletes whose popularity peaked the older he got. While he was always a very popular player for being a huge strikeout pitcher, Ryan’s popularity took off as he kept pitching in his mid 40s. Ryan was one of the few pitchers in MLB pitcher to consistently keep a 95+ mph fastball as his out pitch.

Ryan’s Legacy

Nolan Ryan truly defied all pitching norms of his era. While he never won a Cy Young award, Ryan was arguably the greatest pitcher of the era. Nolan led the league 11 times in his 27 year career and eventually hung up the cleats in 1993 after amassing 5,714 strikeouts, a record that is nearly impossible to beat given the current spans of today’s pitchers. Nolan went on to record one more no-hitter on 1 year later on 05/1/1991 as he struck out 16 Blue Jays en route to a 3-0 at Arlington baseball stadium.