Monthly Archives: August 2013

A.C. Green: The NBA’s Iron Man

When most people think of “Iron Man” records in sports they usually think of Cal Ripken Jr.  On September 6, 1995 Ripken broke the MLB record with most consecutive games played when he completed his 2,131 straight game.  His streak would end at 2,632 games and set the record on September 20,1998.

A.C. Green (Getty Images)

A.C. Green (Getty Images)

Another player that holds a similar streak in the NBA is A.C. Green.  Green was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 Draft.  Green would play every single game of his rookie season.  In his second season for the Lakers he sat out three early games.  He returned to the court in San Antonio, TX versus the Spurs on November 19, 1986.  The Lakers would win the game 117-108 over the Spurs that night.  Green scored no points in 13 minutes of play.  What no one realized is that uneventful game would be the beginning of history.

A.C. Green would continue to play in every game until he finally broke the previous record held by Randy Smith.  Smith played in 906 straight games.  Green played his 907th straight game on November 20, 1997 setting the new record.

A.C. Green never stopped playing until April 18, 2001 while playing for the Miami Heat against the Magic in Orlando, FL.  He had played in 1,192 consecutive games when his streak ended.  No other player in the history of the NBA has ever come close to this record.

During the course of his 17 year NBA career Green would play for four different teams (Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Heat).  Green only missed three total games his entire career playing in 1278 of 1281 games.  He scored 12,331 career points was an All Star (1990) and won three NBA Titles.

Greens career was slightly above average when you look at his numbers and other accomplishment.  However when you look at the record he hold he looks flat out super human.

Babe Ruth’s 500th Home Run

On August 11, 1929 New York Yankee Babe Ruth was the first ever player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.  The game took place in Cleveland, OH at League Park VI.  The pitcher that gave up this historic home run was Willis Hudlin of the Cleveland Indians.  Ruth went 2-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.  The Yankees would end up losing the game by a score of 6-5.

Babe Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs when he retired in 1935.  His record would stand until Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run in 1974.  Aaron (755) and the current career home run leader Barry Bonds (762) are the only players to surpass Ruth’s record.

In the history of baseball only twenty-five men have hit 500 or more home runs in their career.  Fifteen of those players are in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.  The last player to reach this milestone was Gary Sheffield on April 17, 2009.

On This Day In 1993: Nolan Ryan Put Robin Ventura In A Headlock

Nolan Ryan was 46 years of age when the 1993 MLB season began.  He announced that he would retire at the end of the season.  Nolan Ryan had pitched magic through four decades and was ready to call it a career.  The last big moment in his pitching career came not from his pitches but from his fists.

On August 4th, 1993 the visiting Chicago White Sox were in Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers.  Nolan Ryan was on the mound for the Rangers.  After giving up 2-runs to the White Sox in the first inning he was facing young third baseman Robin Ventura.  Ventura had hit for an RBI single off of Ryan in the first inning.  On his first pitch Ryan beaned Ventura in the elbow.

Nolan Ryan fighting at age 46.  (Getty Images)

Nolan Ryan fighting at age 46. (Getty Images)

Robin Ventura appeared to be walking to first base when he suddenly threw his helmet down and charged at the mound.  Ryan calmly side stepped Ventura and put him in a headlock with is left arm.  Ryan proceeded to punch the 26 year old Ventura in the face approximately 6 times before his catcher Ivan Rodriguez could pull him away.  The teams quickly cleared the bench and a wild brawl ensued.  When the field was cleared 5 minutes later, Ventura and his manager Gene Lamont were ejected from the game by the Umpire.  Ryan would not be ejected due to the fact he never left the mound until Ventura reached him.

Nolan Ryan would leave the game in the seventh inning with his team leading 5-2.  The score would not change and Ryan received the win.  It was his third win of the season.

Nolan Ryan would only pitch for a few more times before his arm was finally thrown out in late September.  This is not only one of the many memorable Nolan Ryan moments but it was the most memorable baseball fight of the 1990s.  The fight was played numerous times on television newscasts the next day.  Everyone was happy to see a 46 year old Ryan school Robin Ventura who was 20 years his junior.  It showed how tough Ryan really was and baseball fans nation wide loved it.  This was an incredible moment for Ryan to end his final season on.