Nolan Ryan Strikes Out 5,000


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.