I've been doing some serious baseball musing recently, and one question I have is, why are Nolan Ryan's No-Hitters so seemingly underappreciated?
It might just be the climate of this board (it seems like the consensus around here is that Ryan is to at least some degree overrated).
Every few months, a new discussion comes up about which baseball record is the most unbreakable (Vander Meer, Johnson's 110 shutouts, Dimaggio's hit streak, etc. etc. are all mentioned). I've never seen anyone bring up Ryan's 7 No-Hitters.
When I think about them, it really is a remarkable achievement. Second place is Koufax (a far distant 2nd place) with 4. I also think about how many Hall of Fame caliber pitchers have never even had 1, let alone 7.
Surely this record cannot just be the result of 7 games' worth of dumb luck or Ryan's notorious accumulation of "counting numbers." I wonder why this record is somewhat overlooked?