Nolan Ryan 5714 K’s and 7 No-Hitters
I guess we can consider 27 years as a major league ballplayer a record that will never be touched. The Ryan Expres was throwing major league heat at the tender age of 46, running his career strikeout total to (5714). He is the only pitcher to eclipse 5,000 Ks and has (839) more strikeouts than Randy Johnson (4875), who sits second and also no longer playing. CC Sabathia is the active leader in strikeouts with (2437).
Nolan also has thrown an unprecedented 7 no-hitters. The most interesting fact about his sixth and seventh no-hitter was he did it at the age 43 and 44 years of age! Sandy Koufax has four no-hitters. Mark Burhle, Tim Lincecum and Justin Verlander are the three active pitchers with two no-hitters. A side note: Johnny Van Der Meer’s record of two consecutive no-hitters in 1938 will remain a safe bet as well.