Domination in the Dome: Nolan Ryan throws his fifth no-hitter
The game wasn’t just important for Ryan’s career, though. The Astros were looking to stay alive in the race for the NL West second half title, and his no-hitter allowed them to move up one and one-half games on the Cincinnati Reds.
“This is by far the most important of my no-hitters,” Ryan said to the Associated Press. “I went into the game feeling like I had to do a good job and this turned into one of the biggest games of the year, My others were with ball clubs that weren’t doing well and I was still young and trying to get established. When it’s all over, this will probably be the one I favor most, being we’re in a pennant race.”
After he recorded the final out, the future Hall of Famer was instantly greeted by his ecstatic teammates. They promptly carried him on their shoulders, lifting him off the field, as Ryan waved his bright orange Astros cap toward the crowd.