5 Best Moments in Texas Rangers History
Number 2: Nolan's 5,000 strikeout
Ryan was going for a number that many people thought impossible. He was on the doorstep of 5,000 strikeouts. He already had passed Walter Johnson for the career record back in 1983. Six years later he was now going for number 5,000. Much like the seventh no-hitter it worked out that this game was in Arlington.
The Rangers were facing the Oakland A's on August 22nd, 1989. The defending AL Champions came into Arlington with a 76-49 record and were on their way to their second consecutive World Series that year. Ryan needed six strikeouts to get to 5,000. He got it started with one in the first, two in the second, and two in the third. He sat on five strikeouts through the fourth inning. Then Rickey Henderson, who had a double and a strikeout, came up to lead off the fifth inning.
Ryan would go on to strikeout 13 on the night. He ended his career in 1993 with 5,714 strikeouts. It is one of baseball's unbreakable records. It is so high that if there was no video proof, people would be saying it did not happen. It did and it happened in a Rangers uniform. That is the uniform he would be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 1999.