How Fast Did Nolan Ryan Pitch?


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During the prime of his career, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan threw the baseball at speeds exceeding 100 mph. His curveballs were also known to hit speeds in the high 80s.

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In 1974, Ryan earned a place in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for fastest pitch recorded when he threw a 100.9 mph fastball against the Detroit Tigers. The record currently belongs to Aroldis Chapman who threw a 105.1 mph pitch in 2010 against the San Diego Padres. Nolan Ryan currently holds the Major League Baseball records for most career strikeouts (5,714), most career no-hitters (7) and holds the single-season strikeout record with 383 in 1973.

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