New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ryan notches 4,000th strikeout
HOUSTON (AP) — It took him 18 years and IO months to be in a position to notch his 4,000th career strikeout, and when the opportunity came Houston’s Nolan Ryan knew exactly what to do.
Just as he had done so many times in his strikeout-filled major-league career, Ryan played New York Mets left fielder Danny Heep exactly as he planned Thursday night, sending the former Astro into the record books as the strikeout ace’s 4,000th victim.
Ryan needed only three pitches against Heep, a fastball Heep fouled away, a changeup, which he took, and a curveball that Heep chased and missed.
“That’s exactly what I wanted to do,’’
Ryan said. “I went over those three pitches in my mind and I decided that’s the way I wanted to do it if I didn’t get behind him.” Following the historic strikeout, Ryan doffed his cap to the standing ovation that greeted him.
“This was special; I wanted to do this at home,’’ said Ryan.“This was my last start before the All-Star break. After the All-Star Game we have a long road trip, so that was my motivation.”
Ryan started the game with 3,993 strikeouts and an 85-strikeout lead over his nearest rival, Philadelphia’s Steve Carlton, currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
He pitched seven innings and had ll strikeouts, running his career total to 4,004. It also extended his career total to a major-league-record 158 games of IO or more strikeouts.
“He’s one of the most consistent pitchers around to throw as hard as he does for as long as he has,” said Mets outfielder George Foster. “He’s lost some of his fastball but not much.”
Montreal’s Brad Mills was Ryan’s 3,509th career strikeout on April 27, 1983, breaking the career strikeout record of Walter Johnson that had stood for 55 years.
Ryan recorded his first major-league strikeout in a Mets uniform on Sept. ll, 1966,
fanning Atlanta’s Pat Jarvis.
Ryan, who has five career no-hitters, says he never imagined early in his career that he’d still be pitching in his late 30s.
He attributes his longevity to a devotion to proper pitching mechanics and a lucrative salary structure that allows players to avoid off-season jobs.
“The two keys for me are due to the fact that I’ve concentrated so many years on good mechanics of pitching and also I ve concentrated on being as well-conditioned as possible," said Ryan, Ryan, who is signed through the 1987 season at a salary of about $1 million per year
Astros down Mets in 12 innings
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The big celebration for the Houston Astros was Nolan Ryan’s latest strikeout milestone, but there were other personal victories to be celebrated following a 12-innmg, 4-3 victory over the New York Mets.
Ryan fanned Danny Heep in the sixth inning Thursday night to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 4,000 batters. He finished the evening with ll whiffs and 4.004 for his career.
Astros Manager Bob Lillis also applauded:
— Bill Doran’s 5-for-6 performance, including the game-
winning HBI in the 12th innng.
— The return of shortstop Dickie Thon, who got three hits and scored the winning run.
The halt of the Mets’ winning streak at nine games.
“We had a lot of good performances tonight," Lillis said.
"Bill’s really got a hot bat, and Dickie had a good night. (Dave) Smith helped with an excellent sacrifice."
Thon led off the 12th with his third hit of the game, a single to left, and was sacrificed to second by Smith. Doran then looped a single over the head of Mets third baseman Howard Johnson to end the marathon game.Yankees 11 Rangers 7
Don Mattingly hit a tie-breaking, three-run double and Don Baylor capped an eight-run fourth with a pinch-hit grand-slam homer as New York beat Texas.
Mattingly’s double — his major-league-leading 26th — followed an infield single by Ken Griffey off Texas starter Glen Cook, 2-1, that loaded the bases.
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Rightfielder Jesse Barfield tut down Rod (’arew at home in the seventh inning for his 10th assist of the season to help Toronto defeat the California Angels in a battle of American league division leadersTwins 5 Tigers 1
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McGee, Guerrero named to NL All-Star team;
Carew, Jackson will miss game
NEW YORK (AP) — Manager Dick Williams rectified two fan oversights by naming Willie McGee arid Pedro Guerrero to the National League All-Star team today, while two perennial American League All-Stars — Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson — will miss Tuesday night’s game.
Williams and American League Manager Sparky Anderson filled out their rosters today by naming their teams’ reserve players for the game at the Minnesota Twins’ Metrodome.
Results of fan balloting for the two leagues’ starting teams were announced Thursday. While neither McGee of St. Louis nor Guerrero of Los Angeles received enough fan support to make the starting team, they were among the five reserve outfielders named by Williams. McGee leads the National League with a batting average of .349, and Guerrero is tied with starting All-Star Dale Murphy of Atlanta for the league lead with 21 homers.
At the same time, Anderson passed over Carew and Jackson, both of the California Angels, as he announced the American League reserves.
Carew failed to make the squad for the first time in his 19 major league seasons, beginning in 1967. Carew is the all-time leading vote-getter in what is billed as North America’s largest non-political election, having received 33,331,174 votes since fans began picking the team again in 1970 He got 728,070 votes this year, finishing second in balloting among first basemen behind Eddie Murray of Baltimore, who had 778,477.
“No, I’m not disappointed,” Carew said. “Murray is having a great year and he deserves to be there.”
Jackson, who has 15 homers and 44 RBIs, had been selected to 14 All-Star teams since 1969, including the past eight. He was fourth in balloting behind Dave Winfield and Ricky Henderson of the New York Yankees and Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox
Williams’ other reserves were outfielders Jose Cruz of Houston, Dave Parker of Cincinnati and Tim Haines of
Montreal; infielders Jack Clark of St. Louis, Pete Rose of Cincinnati, Ryne Sandberg of Chicago, Garry Templeton of San Diego and Tim Wallach of Montreal; and catchers Tony Pena of Pittsburgh and Ozzie Virgil of Philadelphia.
Anderson’s reserves were outfielders Harold Baines of Chicago, Tom Brunansky of Minnesota, Phil Bradley of Seattle and Gary Ward of Texas; infielders Cecil Cooper of Milwaukee, Don Mattingly of New York, Damaso Garcia of Toronto, Wade Boggs of Boston, Paul Molitor of Milwaukee and Alan Trammell of Detroit; and catchers Carlton Fisk of Chicago and Ernie Whitt of Toronto.
The elected National League starters were catcher Gary Carter of New York, first baseman Steve Garvey of San Diego, second baseman Tom Herr of St. Louis, shortstop Ozzie Smith of St. Louis, third baseman Graig Nettles of San Diego, and outfielders Murphy, Tony Gwynn of San Diego and Darryl Strawberry of New York.
The American league starters were catcher Lance Parrish of Detroit, first baseman Murray, second baseman Ixm Whitaker of Detroit, shortstop Cal Ripken of Baltimore, third baseman George Brett of Kansas City, and outfielders Winfield, Henderson and Rice.
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These boys are taking part in a basketball clinic at the New Braunfels Middle School gym. The sessions are sponsored by the Community Education Office of the New Braunfels ISO. The clinic teaches the basketball fundamentals to boys in the sixth through ninth grades. The first session ended today. A second one-week session begins Monday