April 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz
Right-handed pitcher, 1967-1977. Inducted 1983.
In the first inning of his Major League debut start, Nolan struck out the side en route to his first career win. Later that year, he struck out Willie Mays four times in one game, something no other pitcher had ever done. All part of a record-setting rookie season for the 18-year-old, with a 2.48 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, and a third-place finish for Rookie of the Year. The hard-throwing righty suffered his first injury in 1968 and struggled with arm pain for years, until surgery to remove bone spurs from his shoulder in 1974. During his various injury recoveries, he mastered a change-up as well, which served him well post-shoulder surgery. Even still, his career ended before he turned 30. His career ERA (all but a half a season with the Reds) was 3.08.