Ryan fanned first batter he faced in the big leagues
Nolan Ryan becomes baseball’s first million dollar man
The Astros signed Ryan to a four-year, $4.5 million free agent contract following the 1979 season.
Ryan strikes out 19 for third time
Nolan Ryan struck out 19 batters three times in 1974.
Nolan Ryan eclipses Walter Johnson’s strikeout record
Against the Montreal Expos, the 36-year-old Nolan Ryan – then in his 17th big league season – passed Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list.
Ryan twirls second no-no of season
In 1973, Nolan Ryan threw two no-hitters en route to striking out a record 383 batters.