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Ryan threw the ball harder than Kershaw—his fastball was routinely measured at more than 100 miles per hour—and he therefore didn’t have Kershaw’s ability to control where it went.
I figure that this writer wrote this story because he wanted to use old Ryan anecdotes.
Ranking no-hitters may seem like a fool’s errand.
When the Tigers came to the plate against Ryan that day, their main emotion was not awe but fear.
And then there was probably some d*^k in Boston that insisted that Smoky Joe Wood was better than all of them before he hurt his arm.
Seasons of 150 OPS+:
"Can I throw harder than Joe Wood?" (Johnson) asked a waiting reporter. "Listen, mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood."
Was the game where Ryan pitched the no-hitter against Detroit the game where Norm Cash brought a table leg out to the plate because he said ordinary bats were useless?
So, what's the most recent example anyone can come up with of an attempt at a joke, that could potentially affect play but not give the party in question an advantage, during an official game?
Can't do bush league #### like that, it Disrespects the Game.
Batters feared Nolan Ryan because he threw the ball hard, and was wild enough that they were afraid they might get hit by one of his pitches.
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA PosSummary
1 Shane Halter 2000-10-01 DET MIN W 12-11 5 SS C 2B CF 3B RF LF 1B P
2 Scott Sheldon 2000-09-06 TEX CHW L 1-13 2 SS C 2B CF 3B RF LF 1B P
3 Cesar Tovar 1968-09-22 MIN OAK W 2-1 4 SS C 2B CF 3B RF LF 1B P
4 Bert Campaneris 1965-09-08 KCA CAL L 3-5 4 SS C 2B CF 3B RF LF 1B P
Jimmy Piersall ran the bases backwards (I don't mean going from third-to-second-to-first) when he hit his 100th home run.
I thought that Steve Lyons played every position in a single game for the White Sox?
I will stipulate that no pitcher was ever as feared by opposing hitters as Nolan Ryan. I think that's hard to make an argument against.
It was only AA, but there's Dave Bresnahan and the potato from 1987.
I've never formally written out a First Ten Things I'd Do With a Time Machine, but I'm pretty sure one of the ten would be "bring Rabbit Maranville to 2014 and turn him loose."
That might be the saddest thing I've ever read.
My favorite part of the video is the ump - he leans over to take a close look at what Cash is holding and then turns away, doubling over with laughter.
Don't worry, killing Hitler is on the list too.
Unintended consequence: Marge Schott still owns the Reds.
EDIT: Wait, she's dead. Nevermind.
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