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Gary Nolan (baseball)

Gary Nolan
Born: (1948-05-27) May 27, 1948
Herlong, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1967, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1977, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 110–70
Earned run average 3.08
Strikeouts 1,039
Career highlights and awards

Gary Lynn Nolan (born May 27, 1948 in Herlong, California) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1967–73, 1975–77) and California Angels (1977). He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1983.


  • Early life 1
  • Major League career 2
  • After baseball 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Early life

His family moved to Oroville, California when he was young and he graduated in 1966 from Oroville High School. In February 1965 at age 17 he married high school sweetheart Carole Widener. They eventually had four children, Gary Jr., Tim, Mark and Kathy.

He was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Major League career

Nolan's first Major League game was at the young age of 18. A hard thrower, Nolan had a promising debut on April 15, 1967 when he struck out the side in the first inning en route to a 7–3 victory over the Houston Astros. On June 7, he struck out Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays four times in one game.[2] He finished with a 14–8 record in that rookie season, was fourth in the National League in ERA (2.58) and in strikeouts (206), and was third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Tom Seaver of the Mets, and Dick Hughes of the Cardinals.

In 1970 Nolan went 18–7 with 181 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA, helping the Reds to win the NL pennant and establishing himself as one of the league's great young starting pitchers. Nolan pitched a remarkable nine innings of shutout ball to earn a victory in the 10-inning Game One of that year's National League Championship Series against Pittsburgh. But he took the loss in Game One of the World Series against the eventual champion Baltimore Orioles.

After a disappointing 12–15 record in 1971, he posted 13 victories before the 1972 All-Star Game. Selected for the NL team, Nolan was suffering from neck and shoulder pains, and he was forced to withdraw from the game. After rehabbing his injuries on the disabled list, he returned to the lineup and finished the season with a 15–5 record and 1.99 ERA, leading the league in winning percentage (.750) and was second to Steve Carlton in ERA. In the World Series against Oakland that year, he lost Game One (six innings, three runs) and was pulled from the game early in Game Six (413 innings, one earned run).

Arm problems forced Nolan to miss most of 1973, and he missed the entire 1974 season. He returned in 1975 in good form, going 15–9 with a 3.16 ERA. In the World Series against Boston, he pitched just six innings in two starts. In 1976, he duplicated his 15–9 record and finally got his first World Series victory against the Yankees in the last game of a four-game sweep. New arm and shoulder problems bothered him in 1977, and he opted to retire.

In 1975, he earned the Hutch Award, given annually to an active Major League player who "best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson by persevering through adversity." It is presented by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

In 10-season career, Nolan compiled a 110–70 record with 1,039 strikeouts, a 3.08 ERA, 45 complete games, 14 shutouts, and 1,674 innings pitched in 250 games (247 starts). In eleven post season games he was 2–2 with a 3.34 ERA covering 59.1 innings.

After baseball

After retiring from baseball, he worked for 25 years in Las Vegas, first as a blackjack dealer at the Golden Nugget and then as an executive host for guests of hotels/casinos including the Mirage Casino and the Gold Country Casino. In 1999, a baseball park in Oroville was renamed the Gary Nolan Sports Complex. He was elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1983.[2][3]

He moved back to Oroville in 2003, where he is involved with several charitable and civic organizations and works with high school pitchers. In 2011 he was inducted into the Oroville Union High School District Hall of Fame.[1]

See also

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) or Baseball Library


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b Gary Nolan at the SABR Baseball Biography Project, by Richard Miller, retrieved November 26, 2013
  3. ^ Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: G-P, page 1128, retrieved November 26, 2013.
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