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Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1999, with a near-record 98.8% of the vote (491 of 497).

The first table below presents Nolan Ryan's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Nolan Ryan
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1966NYN19
2
0.10.50.193-0.2
-0.1
0.20.40.302-0.1-0.1
1968NYN21
21
7.89.90.442-0.7
0.0
8.010.40.436-0.9-0.1
1969NYN22
25
5.14.80.5130.2
0.8
5.15.00.5050.20.7
1970NYN23
27
8.611.00.438-0.9
0.0
7.98.50.479-0.00.7
1971NYN24
30
11.614.70.441-1.0
0.1
9.611.90.445-0.80.2
1972CAL25
39
21.420.00.5171.6
3.4
18.717.70.5131.22.9
1973CAL26
41
22.915.70.5943.9
5.7
21.215.80.5733.04.7
1974CAL27
42
21.818.40.5422.0
3.8
21.117.60.5452.13.8
1975CAL28
28
12.512.10.5100.4
1.5
12.112.40.494-0.01.2
1976CAL29
39
20.217.80.5321.4
3.1
17.415.70.5261.02.5
1977CAL30
37
19.916.50.5482.0
3.9
18.915.20.5542.13.8
1978CAL31
31
15.413.30.5371.2
2.5
15.313.00.5411.32.6
1979CAL32
34
16.213.50.5451.6
2.9
13.811.20.5541.52.6
1980HOU33
35
14.913.90.5181.1
2.2
14.314.50.4970.41.6
1981HOU34
21
10.77.60.5852.1
2.9
9.47.70.5511.42.1
1982HOU35
35
16.315.70.5101.1
2.4
14.916.50.475-0.01.3
1983HOU36
29
13.211.50.5341.5
2.5
12.211.70.5090.81.8
1984HOU37
30
11.813.00.4770.1
1.0
10.811.10.4930.41.3
1985HOU38
35
13.713.80.4980.6
1.9
13.514.10.4890.41.7
1986HOU39
30
12.511.80.5161.0
2.0
10.910.40.5120.81.7
1987HOU40
34
13.413.70.4940.6
1.8
13.911.50.5471.93.1
1988HOU41
33
13.915.30.477-0.0
1.2
13.114.90.467-0.30.9
1989TEX42
32
16.211.50.5842.6
3.9
15.111.80.5611.93.2
1990TEX43
30
12.310.10.5501.3
2.4
13.19.80.5731.93.0
1991TEX44
27
10.88.00.5751.5
2.5
11.17.00.6122.23.1
1992TEX45
27
9.69.40.5050.3
1.3
9.68.90.5190.51.5
1993TEX46
13
3.84.70.448-0.4
-0.0
3.84.00.487-0.10.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
807
356.9328.10.52124.6
55.8
334.9308.60.52022.752.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
9
2.72.60.516 0.43.52.60.581 0.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
816
359.6330.60.521
56.3
338.4311.10.520 53.0


Nolan Ryan holds several major-league records: some positive - 5,714 career strikeouts - some not so positive - 2,795 career walks. His most impressive record, however, may well be his seven no-hitters - as many as any other two major-league pitchers combined (Sandy Koufax is the only other pitcher in major-league history with as many as 4 career no-hitters).

So, for this article, I thought I'd take a look at Nolan Ryan's 7 no-hitters.

No-Hitter #1: May 15, 1973
Nolan Ryan threw his first career no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals on May 15, 1973. Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 3 walks, and 12 strikeouts, as the Angels beat the Royals, 3-0.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Nolan Ryan0.960.15
0.81
0.530.100.42
Bob Oliver0.440.08
0.36
0.230.050.18
Al Gallagher0.210.06
0.15
0.110.060.05
Vada Pinson0.130.07
0.05
0.090.11-0.03
Ken Berry0.020.00
0.02
0.020.000.02
Frank Robinson0.070.06
0.02
0.080.060.03
Rudy Meoli0.060.08
-0.02
0.070.07-0.01
Sandy Alomar Sr.0.030.12
-0.09
0.010.11-0.10
Bobby Valentine0.040.13
-0.09
0.050.07-0.02
Jim Spencer0.030.12
-0.10
0.040.08-0.04
Jeff Torborg0.010.13
-0.11
0.040.08-0.04
Team Totals21
1
1.270.800.47
   
   
Gene Garber0.110.02
0.10
0.160.060.10
Carl Taylor0.070.05
0.01
0.040.020.01
Paul Schaal0.060.09
-0.03
0.070.060.01
Steve Hovley0.160.20
-0.04
0.100.13-0.03
Gail Hopkins0.000.04
-0.04
0.000.02-0.02
Lou Piniella0.040.13
-0.08
0.040.09-0.05
Bruce Dal Canton0.450.58
-0.13
0.290.37-0.07
Cookie Rojas0.030.17
-0.14
0.050.11-0.07
Ed Kirkpatrick0.000.15
-0.15
0.000.07-0.07
John Mayberry Sr.0.000.15
-0.15
0.000.08-0.08
Freddie Patek0.060.22
-0.15
0.050.14-0.09
Amos Otis0.010.21
-0.20
0.010.12-0.11
Team Totals12
-1
0.801.27-0.47


No-Hitter #2: July 15, 1973
Nolan Ryan threw his second career no-hitter exactly two months after his first, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on July 15, 1973. Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 4 walks, and 17 strikeouts.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Nolan Ryan0.840.16
0.68
0.530.130.41
Winston Llenas0.230.00
0.22
0.060.000.06
Art Kusnyer0.240.04
0.20
0.150.060.09
Al Gallagher0.100.06
0.04
0.110.060.05
Mike Epstein0.080.04
0.04
0.090.050.04
Bob Oliver0.110.08
0.03
0.100.060.04
Rudy Meoli0.120.12
0.00
0.100.100.00
Sandy Alomar Sr.0.120.14
-0.02
0.110.11-0.00
Tommy McCraw0.020.05
-0.03
0.030.05-0.02
Vada Pinson0.110.16
-0.05
0.040.13-0.10
Ken Berry0.030.15
-0.12
0.060.11-0.05
Team Totals21
1
1.380.860.52
   
   
Jim Perry0.450.34
0.10
0.370.250.12
Fred Scherman0.040.02
0.03
0.030.010.02
Dick Sharon0.150.15
-0.01
0.090.090.01
Gates Brown0.050.06
-0.01
0.060.050.02
Ed Farmer0.000.03
-0.03
0.050.09-0.03
Mickey Stanley0.100.19
-0.10
0.080.18-0.10
Norm Cash0.050.17
-0.12
0.020.10-0.08
Ed Brinkman0.030.16
-0.13
0.040.11-0.08
Duke Sims0.020.15
-0.13
0.010.07-0.05
Jim Northrup0.050.18
-0.14
0.060.14-0.09
Aurelio Rodriguez0.000.16
-0.15
0.000.09-0.09
Dick McAuliffe0.060.22
-0.16
0.050.11-0.06
Bob L. Miller0.000.17
-0.16
0.000.09-0.09
Team Totals12
-1
0.861.38-0.52


No-Hitter #3: September 28, 1974
Nolan Ryan's third career no-hitter was his first no-hitter thrown at home. On September 28, 1974, the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, as Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 8 walks, and 15 strikeouts.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Steve Brye0.170.11
0.07
0.170.080.09
Rod Carew0.140.12
0.02
0.090.12-0.03
Harmon Killebrew0.010.00
0.01
0.030.000.03
Tony Oliva0.070.09
-0.02
0.040.07-0.03
Eric Soderholm0.000.03
-0.03
0.000.05-0.05
Larry Hisle0.110.14
-0.03
0.080.09-0.01
Bill F. Butler0.140.22
-0.08
0.270.190.09
Luis Gomez0.040.13
-0.09
0.030.06-0.03
Glenn Borgmann0.010.11
-0.10
0.010.09-0.08
Pat Bourque0.000.12
-0.12
0.010.08-0.07
Joe Decker0.200.35
-0.15
0.150.16-0.01
Steve Braun0.070.27
-0.21
0.060.13-0.07
Bobby Darwin0.030.30
-0.27
0.050.16-0.11
Team Totals12
-1
0.991.28-0.29
   
   
Nolan Ryan0.800.37
0.43
0.540.280.27
Morris Nettles0.330.12
0.22
0.140.130.01
John Balaz0.190.05
0.14
0.150.030.12
Rudy Meoli0.200.09
0.11
0.130.100.03
Denny Doyle0.170.07
0.10
0.110.080.03
Bruce Bochte0.090.05
0.04
0.010.09-0.08
Dave Chalk0.090.07
0.03
0.070.07-0.00
Leroy Stanton0.070.06
0.01
0.060.07-0.01
Joe Lahoud0.040.05
-0.00
0.060.08-0.02
Tom Egan0.010.08
-0.08
0.000.06-0.06
Team Totals21
1
1.280.990.29


No-Hitter #4: June 1, 1975
Nolan Ryan's fourth career no-hitter gave him no-hitters in three consecutive season, when Ryan beat the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, on July 1, 1975. Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 4 walks, and 9 strikeouts. This was the fewest strikeouts in any of Ryan's seven no-hitters.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Wayne Garland0.160.04
0.12
0.210.050.16
Lee May0.110.07
0.04
0.060.07-0.01
Bobby Grich0.140.12
0.02
0.120.100.02
Mark Belanger0.110.14
-0.03
0.130.100.03
Don Baylor0.000.06
-0.06
0.000.05-0.05
Tom Shopay0.040.11
-0.07
0.050.09-0.03
Ross Grimsley Jr.0.230.35
-0.12
0.180.25-0.08
H. Tommy Davis0.000.12
-0.12
0.000.05-0.05
Ellie Hendricks0.030.22
-0.18
0.040.08-0.04
Brooks Robinson0.120.30
-0.18
0.060.11-0.05
Al Bumbry0.020.23
-0.20
0.030.13-0.10
Ken Singleton0.020.23
-0.21
0.030.15-0.12
Team Totals12
-1
0.901.20-0.30
   
   
Nolan Ryan0.980.19
0.79
0.510.170.34
Dave Chalk0.320.06
0.26
0.130.070.06
Winston Llenas0.120.03
0.08
0.060.050.01
Billy E. Smith0.160.10
0.06
0.140.070.07
Morris Nettles0.050.00
0.05
0.020.000.02
Leroy Stanton0.070.04
0.03
0.080.050.03
Mickey Rivers0.040.04
0.00
0.060.07-0.01
Jerry Remy0.100.14
-0.03
0.080.12-0.05
Bruce Bochte0.110.15
-0.04
0.060.060.00
Tommy Harper0.050.10
-0.04
0.060.12-0.06
Ellie Rodriguez0.000.16
-0.16
0.000.11-0.11
Team Totals21
1
1.200.900.30


No-Hitter #5: September 26, 1981
It took six years and a change of teams before Nolan Ryan was finally able to beat Sandy Koufax's major-league record with his fifth career no-hitter. On September 26, 1981, Ryan no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers as a member of the Houston Astros.on May 15, 1973. For the game, Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 3 walks, 1 wild pitch, and 11 strikeouts, as the Astros won 5-0.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Steve Garvey0.200.10
0.09
0.100.070.03
Dave Goltz0.050.00
0.05
0.040.000.04
Terry Forster0.080.07
0.02
0.140.100.04
Derrel Thomas0.190.17
0.01
0.110.14-0.02
Steve Howe0.000.00
-0.00
0.030.05-0.02
Reggie Smith0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Jack Perconte0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Jay Johnstone0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Dave Stewart0.000.04
-0.04
0.000.12-0.12
Ken Landreaux0.050.12
-0.07
0.050.10-0.06
Mike Scioscia0.050.15
-0.10
0.030.09-0.05
Dusty Baker0.020.13
-0.11
0.050.10-0.06
Pedro Guerrero0.040.18
-0.15
0.040.08-0.04
Davey Lopes0.020.20
-0.18
0.030.12-0.08
Ron Roenicke0.050.27
-0.21
0.070.24-0.17
Ted Power0.260.54
-0.28
0.180.36-0.18
Team Totals12
-1
0.881.62-0.74
   
   
Nolan Ryan0.820.31
0.51
0.520.210.31
Jose Cruz Sr.0.360.03
0.33
0.290.050.24
Phil Garner0.270.16
0.11
0.230.150.09
Craig Reynolds0.090.04
0.05
0.180.050.13
Alan Ashby0.200.16
0.04
0.100.11-0.01
Denny Walling0.020.00
0.02
0.060.000.05
Joe Pittman0.040.01
0.02
0.050.000.05
Terry Puhl0.110.09
0.02
0.110.090.01
Tony Scott0.060.08
-0.02
0.050.09-0.04
Harry Spilman0.000.03
-0.03
0.000.04-0.04
Art Howe0.020.09
-0.06
0.030.08-0.06
Team Totals21
1
1.620.880.74


No-Hitter #6: June 11, 1990
It took another nine years - and another team change - before Nolan Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter on June 11, 1990, as Ryan's Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland A's, 5-0. Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 2 walks, and 14 strikeouts.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Julio Franco0.720.04
0.68
0.300.040.26
Nolan Ryan0.520.21
0.32
0.460.090.37
Gary Pettis0.280.13
0.15
0.180.090.08
John W. Russell0.200.06
0.14
0.180.050.13
Ruben Sierra0.090.02
0.07
0.100.050.05
Jeff Huson0.100.10
0.01
0.110.080.03
Harold Baines0.040.07
-0.03
0.030.07-0.03
Steve Buechele0.000.07
-0.07
0.000.08-0.08
Pete Incaviglia0.020.14
-0.12
0.070.07-0.00
Rafael Palmeiro0.020.16
-0.14
0.070.13-0.06
Team Totals21
1
1.490.750.74
   
   
Walt Weiss0.180.04
0.14
0.080.050.02
Mike Norris0.030.01
0.02
0.120.120.01
Gene Nelson0.000.00
0.00
0.050.030.02
Felix Jose0.060.06
-0.00
0.020.07-0.05
Ken Phelps0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Carney Lansford0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Mike Gallego0.050.08
-0.03
0.050.030.02
Harold Baines0.040.07
-0.03
0.030.07-0.03
Dave Henderson0.010.05
-0.04
0.010.07-0.05
Jamie Quirk0.090.13
-0.04
0.030.08-0.05
Doug Jennings0.010.07
-0.06
0.010.06-0.06
Ron Hassey0.000.07
-0.07
0.000.06-0.06
Willie Randolph0.010.10
-0.09
0.030.09-0.05
Rickey Henderson0.070.19
-0.11
0.080.11-0.03
Scott Sanderson0.471.18
-0.70
0.260.67-0.41
Team Totals12
-1
0.781.55-0.77


Ryan's sixth no-hitter was the only one of his no-hitters in which he did not lead his team in net pWins, which is fairly rare for a no-hitter. Julio Franco was actually the most valuable Texas Ranger in this game. Franco hit two two-run home runs: one in the first inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead, the other in the fifth inning to extend the Rangers' lead to 5-0 (where it ended).

Ryan's no-hit performance was better than Franco's performance when context was taken out of consideration. But, in context, Franco's performance was more valuable than expected, while Ryan's performance was somewhat less valuable than expected - Ryan was staked to a 2-0 lead before he threw a pitch and a 5-0 lead halfway through the game; in that situation, Ryan didn't need to throw a no-hitter.

No-Hitter #7: May 1, 1991
Nolan Ryan's seventh and final no-hitter came two weeks short of 18 years after his first career no-hitter. On May 1, 1991, Ryan's Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, as Ryan allowed 0 runs on 0 hits, 2 walks, and 16 strikeouts.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Joe Carter0.180.07
0.12
0.070.040.02
Kelly Gruber0.110.07
0.04
0.110.080.03
Bob MacDonald0.030.01
0.02
0.060.050.01
Willie Fraser0.010.02
-0.02
0.030.07-0.04
Glenallen Hill0.000.06
-0.06
0.000.06-0.06
Devon White0.010.11
-0.11
0.010.10-0.09
Roberto Alomar0.000.13
-0.13
0.000.10-0.10
John Olerud0.000.13
-0.13
0.000.07-0.07
Manuel Lee0.010.14
-0.13
0.020.11-0.10
Greg Myers0.030.17
-0.14
0.020.10-0.08
Mark Whiten0.100.29
-0.20
0.070.16-0.09
Jimmy Key0.520.79
-0.27
0.330.38-0.05
Team Totals12
-1
0.701.32-0.61
   
   
Nolan Ryan0.690.10
0.59
0.510.090.42
Ruben Sierra0.380.07
0.31
0.170.070.10
Juan Gonzalez0.230.07
0.16
0.150.060.08
Gary Pettis0.270.12
0.15
0.130.090.04
Rafael Palmeiro0.180.07
0.12
0.110.060.05
Julio Franco0.100.04
0.06
0.070.08-0.01
Mike Stanley0.070.04
0.04
0.100.050.05
Jack Daugherty0.010.13
-0.11
0.040.07-0.04
Steve Buechele0.050.19
-0.15
0.040.09-0.05
Jeff Huson0.010.16
-0.15
0.000.05-0.05
Team Totals21
1
1.320.700.61


Nolan Ryan's best game: April 26, 1990
Surprisingly, as measured by Player won-lost records (specifically by net pWins), Nolan Ryan's top pitching performance of his career was not a no-hitter. Rather, it came on April 26 ,1990, when Ryan led the Texas Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. In this game, Ryan allowed 0 runs on 1 hit (a single by Ron Kittle, leading off the second inning), 2 walks, 1 wild pitch and 16 strikeouts. In this game, Ryan retired the last 13 batters of the game, 7 by strikeout.

Here's how that game looks in Player won-lost records.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Wayne Edwards0.090.05
0.04
0.110.060.05
Melido Perez0.500.47
0.04
0.380.250.14
Ron Kittle0.090.10
-0.02
0.070.07-0.01
Scott Fletcher0.100.14
-0.04
0.080.08-0.00
Dan Pasqua0.000.05
-0.05
0.000.02-0.02
Robin Ventura0.040.10
-0.06
0.040.05-0.00
Ivan Calderon0.020.11
-0.09
0.050.07-0.02
Carlton Fisk0.040.13
-0.10
0.020.07-0.05
Sammy Sosa0.000.13
-0.13
0.010.10-0.09
Steve Lyons0.000.17
-0.17
0.000.06-0.06
Lance Johnson0.000.20
-0.19
0.000.10-0.09
Ozzie Guillen0.110.35
-0.24
0.050.10-0.05
Team Totals12
-1
0.811.01-0.21
   
   
Nolan Ryan1.140.20
0.94
0.550.110.44
Jeff Huson0.240.09
0.16
0.050.08-0.03
Geno Petralli0.150.03
0.11
0.110.030.08
Pete Incaviglia0.190.12
0.07
0.050.07-0.02
Ruben Sierra0.080.06
0.02
0.090.050.03
Rafael Palmeiro0.070.06
0.01
0.050.07-0.02
Harold Baines0.020.07
-0.06
0.030.04-0.02
Scott Coolbaugh0.010.09
-0.08
0.010.07-0.05
Gary Pettis0.090.17
-0.08
0.040.14-0.10
Julio Franco0.010.11
-0.10
0.030.13-0.10
Team Totals21
1
1.010.810.21




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