Nolan Ryan Strikes Out 5,000

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On August 22, 1989, Nolan Ryan became the first (and only) pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts.

Ryan would go on to rack up a total of 5,714 strikeouts.

During Ryan’s major league record 27-year baseball career (1966, 1968–1993), he pitched for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.