Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #11 – 1978 Topps Design
One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set. The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.
This is the 11th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1978 Topps baseball card:
Nolan Ryan was enjoying his 12th season in the major leagues when the 1978 season started. And he was just 31 years old…
The results?? Fair.
I guess you could call it a ‘down’ year for Ryan. The numbers: 10-13 in 31 starts, 3.72 ERA, 14 complete games, 3 shutouts, 148 walks given up, 260 strikeouts in 234.2 innings of work, 13 wild pitches, and a 10.0 K per 9 innings ratio.
Far from horrible, but far from Ryan-esque as well…