Ryan tops baseball's historic night RECORD-BREAKING DAY

May 02, 1991

It was one for the ages in major-league baseball.

Oakland's Rickey Henderson stole the early headlines yesterday, breaking the all-time record for stolen bases that Lou Brock had held since 1979. Holding the base over his head, Henderson told the crowd at the Oakland Coliseum, "Lou Brock was a symbol of great base stealing, but today I am the greatest of all time." It took Brock 19 years to steal his 938; Henderson, 32, who got his 939th yesterday in his 13th season, said, "I know I can steal 1,200."

Next, the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox took the stage -- and wouldn't leave, playing the longest American League game in seven years. After six hours, five minutes and 19 innings, the Brewers prevailed, 10-9.

Still, the best was yet to come.

The Texas Rangers' Nolan Ryan had what he called his "most overpowering night" of an illustrious, 23-year career, pitching a no-hitter against Toronto. If his record seventh no-hitter wasn't enough, Ryan, 44, also struck out 16 batters while facing the best-hitting team in the majors.

Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout king, has pitched three more no-hitters than anyone. Ex-Los Angeles Dodger great Sandy Koufax is next with four. Ryan also has a record 12 one-hitters.

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