This day in baseball: Nolan Ryan is king of walks

On June 5, 1981, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Early Wynn as the all-time walk leader with 1,777 when he walked two in his 3-0 victory over the Mets. Of course, Ryan also struck out ten and only gave up five hits in that game.

Ryan would end his 27-year career with 2,795 bases on balls, nearly a thousand more than Steve Carlton, who is currently second on the career list for issuing free passes.

Nolan Ryan Astros

Nolan Ryan (Houston Chronicle)

This day in baseball

The year 1971 turned out to be a rough one for Baseball Hall of Fame candidates.  That year, no player received the necessary three-fourths of the votes to be elected into the Hall.  The two players who came closest were Yogi Berra (with 67.2% of the votes) and Early Wynn (66.7%).  Both players would be elected into the Hall of Fame the following season.

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