Friday, July 20, 2012
no. 75 - gary nolan
Who is the man: After dealing with arm issues the previous two years, Gary Nolan came back in 1970 for his best season since his rookie year in 1967. Nolan had just finished compiling an 18-7 mark and helping the Reds into the World Series against the Orioles.
Can ya dig it: Those are some distinctive eyebrows that Nolan has.
Right on: Nolan pitched in four World Series, but didn't get his first win until his final one in 1976. He started Game 4 of the '76 World Series against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and won as the Reds swept the Yankees.
You see that cat Nolan is a bad mother: Nolan struck out the side in the first inning of his very first major league game on April 15, 1967 against Houston.
Shut your mouth: Nolan couldn't handle the skepticism over his constant arm problems anymore in 1972. He moved out of Cincinnati and went back to live in his hometown of Oroville, California.
No one understands him but his woman: Nolan reportedly was popular with female fans as a young phenom. However, he married at age 17 and was a father soon afterward.
(A word about the back): Nolan actually didn't pitch all 10 innings of Game 1 of the 1970 NLCS against the Pirates as the wording implies. He pitched nine innings and the score was still tied 0-0. The Reds scored three runs in the top of the 10th and reliever Clay Carroll came in for Nolan and finished the Pirates off.