Gary Nolan (baseball)

Gary Lynn Nolan (born May 27, 1948 in Herlong, California) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1967–73, 1975–77) and California Angels (1977). He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1983.

Gary Nolan
Gary Nolan - Cincinnati Reds
Born: May 27, 1948 (age 71)
Herlong, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1967, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1977, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record110–70
Earned run average3.08
Career highlights and awards

Early life

His family moved to Oroville, California when he was young and he graduated in 1966 from Oroville High School. In February 1965 at age 17 he married high school sweetheart Carole Widener. They eventually had four children, Gary Jr., Tim, Mark and Kathy.

He was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Major League career

Nolan's first Major League game was at the young age of 18. A hard thrower, Nolan had a promising debut on April 15, 1967 when he struck out the side in the first inning en route to a 7–3 victory over the Houston Astros. On June 7, he struck out Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays four times in one game.[2] He finished with a 14–8 record in that rookie season, was fourth in the National League in ERA (2.58) and in strikeouts (206), and was third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Tom Seaver of the Mets, and Dick Hughes of the Cardinals.

In 1970 Nolan went 18–7 with 181 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA, helping the Reds to win the NL pennant and establishing himself as one of the league's great young starting pitchers. Nolan pitched a remarkable nine innings of shutout ball to earn a victory in the 10-inning Game One of that year's National League Championship Series against Pittsburgh. But he took the loss in Game One of the World Series against the eventual champion Baltimore Orioles.

After a disappointing 12–15 record in 1971, he posted 13 victories before the 1972 All-Star Game. Selected for the NL team, Nolan was suffering from neck and shoulder pains, and he was forced to withdraw from the game. After rehabbing his injuries on the disabled list, he returned to the lineup and finished the season with a 15–5 record and 1.99 ERA, leading the league in winning percentage (.750) and was second to Steve Carlton in ERA. In the World Series against Oakland that year, he lost Game One (six innings, three runs) and was pulled from the game early in Game Six (4​13 innings, one earned run).

Arm problems forced Nolan to miss most of 1973, and he missed the entire 1974 season. He returned in 1975 in good form, going 15–9 with a 3.16 ERA. In the World Series against Boston, he pitched just six innings in two starts. In 1976, he duplicated his 15–9 record and finally got his first World Series victory against the Yankees in the last game of a four-game sweep. New arm and shoulder problems bothered him in 1977, and he opted to retire.

In 1975, he earned the Hutch Award, given annually to an active Major League player who "best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson by persevering through adversity." It is presented by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

In 10-season career, Nolan compiled a 110–70 record with 1,039 strikeouts, a 3.08 ERA, 45 complete games, 14 shutouts, and 1,674.2 innings pitched in 250 games (247 starts). In eleven post season games he was 2–2 with a 3.34 ERA covering 59.1 innings.

Nolan was an excellent fielding pitcher, committing only 3 errors in 287 total chances for a .990 fielding percentage, among the best in history for pitchers whose careers spanned 10 seasons (1,500 innings) or more.

After baseball

After retiring from baseball, he worked for 25 years in Las Vegas, first as a blackjack dealer at the Golden Nugget and then as an executive host for guests of hotels/casinos including the Mirage Casino and the Gold Country Casino. In 1999, a baseball park in Oroville was renamed the Gary Nolan Sports Complex. He was elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1983.[2][3]

He moved back to Oroville in 2003, where he is involved with several charitable and civic organizations and works with high school pitchers. In 2011, he was inducted into the Oroville Union High School District Hall of Fame.[1]

See also

External links


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  2. ^ a b Gary Nolan at the SABR Baseball Biography Project, by Richard Miller, Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: G-P, page 1128, retrieved November 26, 2013.
Earl Lawson (sportswriter)

Earl Lawson (February 1, 1923 – January 14, 2003) was an American sportswriter for newspapers in Cincinnati, Ohio. He covered the Cincinnati Reds from 1949 to 1984 and was inducted into the "writers wing" of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1985.

In 1949, Lawson first began covering the Cincinnati Reds for the Cincinnati Times-Star. He was the beat reporter for the Reds at the Times-Star from 1951 to 1958 and at The Cincinnati Post from 1958 to 1984. Lawson had a series of run-ins with the Reds in his early year as a beat reporter covering the team. In June 1953, manager Rogers Hornsby barred Lawson from the locker room after Lawson questioned Hornsby's decision not to replace a pitcher. In June 1957, Lawson got into a fight with Reds' second baseman Johnny Temple after a game in which Lawson, who also served as official scorer, charged Temple with a fielding error. Temple reportedly greeted Lawson with a "blistering barrage of profanity" and knocked Lawson to the ground before other players separated them. In June 1962, Reds' star outfielder Vada Pinson punched Lawson on the chin after Lawson wrote an article criticizing the Reds for lackadaisical fielding. Lawson joked to fellow reporters that, based on first-hand knowledge, Pinson was a harder puncher than Temple. After a second incident in September 1963 in which Pinson allegedly grabbed Lawson by the neck and pushed him against a wall, Lawson filed assault and battery charges against Pinson. A trial in December 1963 result in a hung jury. He was also a correspondent for The Sporting News for many years and wrote for The Saturday Evening Post during its days of using iconic Norman Rockwell covers. In 1976, he was elected as the president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

In 1985, Lawson was honored by the Baseball Writers' Association of America with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for distinguished baseball writing. Recipients of the Spink Award are recognized at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in what is commonly referred to as the "writers wing" of the Hall of Fame.In 1987, Lawson published his autobiography, Cincinnati Seasons: My 34 Years With the Reds. Lawson wrote in his autobiography that he had been able to live like a millionaire while being paid to do it. He recalled that he had "mingled with the sports celebrities of the world and formed friendships that I'll cherish forever ... I was a baseball writer."Lawson moved to Sacramento, California, in 2000 to live with his daughter, Lisa Helene Lawson (Damron). In January 2003, he died of cancer and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery July 3, 2003.

Gary Nolan

Gary Nolan may refer to:

Gary Nolan (baseball) (born 1948), baseball player

Gary Nolan (radio host) (born 1954), radio host

Gary Nolan (rugby league), English rugby league player


Nolan is both a surname and a given name, of Irish origin from Ó Nualláin, Notable people with the name include:


Adam Nolan, Irish Boxer

Albert Nolan (born 1934), South African Roman Catholic theologian

Anna Nolan (born 1970), Irish television presenter

Anthony Nolan (1972–1979), for whom the Anthony Nolan UK charity was formed

Barry Nolan, American television presenter

Bernadette Nolan (1960–2013), Irish entertainer and actress

Bob Nolan (1908–1980), Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

Brandon Nolan (born 1983), Canadian ice hockey player

Brian Nolan (1932–2006), Canadian journalist and author

Catherine Nolan, American politician

Christopher Nolan (born 1970), film director

Christopher Nolan (author) (born 1965), Irish poet

Clive Nolan, British musician and producer

Coleen Nolan (born 1965), English television presenter

Daire Nolan (born 1968), Irish professional dancer and choreographer

David Nolan (American author) (born 1946), American non-fiction writer

David Nolan (Libertarian Party), American politician, founder of the Libertarian Party

David Nolan (swimmer), American swimmer

Deanna Nolan (born 1979), American basketball player

Dennis E. Nolan (1872–1956), U.S. Army general

Dick Nolan (football) (born 1932), American football player & coach

Dick Nolan (musician) (1939–2005), Canadian musician

Eddie Nolan (born 1988), Irish footballer

Edward Nolan (actor) (1888–1943), American silent film actor

Edward Nolan (bishop) (1793-1837), Irish Roman Catholic bishop

Edward Sylvester "The Only" Nolan (1857–1913), Canadian baseball player

Elaine Nolan (born 1981), Irish cricketer

Faith Nolan (born 1957), Canadian musician and social activist

Francis Nolan, British phonetician

Frederick Nolan (born 1931), British editor and writer

Gary Nolan (baseball player) (born 1948), American baseball player

Gary Nolan (radio host) (born 1954), American politician and radio host

Graham Nolan, comic book artist

Henry Grattan Nolan (1893–1957), Canadian lawyer

Isabel Nolan, Irish artist

James Thomas Nolan (1926-2018), American actor known professionally as James Greene

Jeanette Nolan (1911–1998), American actress

Jerry Nolan (1946–1992), American drummer

Joe Nolan (born 1951), American baseball player

John Nolan (musician) (born 1978), American singer and musician

John Gavin Nolan, American Roman Catholic bishop

John Philip Nolan (1838–1912), Irish landowner and politician

Jonathan Nolan (born 1976), British screenwriter

Jordan Nolan (ice hockey) (born 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player

Joseph A. Nolan, Philippine–American War Medal of Honor recipient

Joseph R. Nolan, American jurist

Joseph Nolan Irish politician

Kathleen Nolan (born 1933), American actress.

Keith W. Nolan (May 7, 1964 – February 19, 2009) American military historian of the Vietnam War and author of Irish and Swedish descent.

Kevin Nolan (born 1982), English footballer of Irish and Dutch descent

Leo Nolan (born 1972), American boxer

Lloyd Nolan (1902–1985), American actor

Louis Edward Nolan (1818–1854), Canadian-British soldier

M. J. Nolan (born 1951), Irish politician

Mae Nolan (1886–1973), American politician

Martin Nolan, American journalist

Mary Nolan (1905–1948), American actress

Melanie Nolan (born 1960), historian and university academic from New Zealand

Michael N. Nolan, Irish-American politician

Michael Nolan, Baron Nolan, British judge

Mike Nolan (born 1954), Irish singer

Mike Nolan (born 1959), American football player & coach

Mike Nolan, principal of Middle Park State School

Monica Nolan (1913–1995), American tennis player

Nicholas M. Nolan (1835–1883) US Soldier during the American Civil War & Indian Wars

Norma Nolan (born c. 1943), Argentinian beauty queen

Owen Nolan (born 1972), Canadian ice hockey player

Pat Nolan, Canadian hockey player

Pat Nolan (born 1950), American lawyer, politician & activist

Patrick Nolan (1881–1941), Canadian politician

Philip Nolan (1771–1801), Irish-American confidence trickster

Rick Nolan (born 1943), American politician

Sam Nolan (born 1930), Irish trade unionist and political activist

Seán Nolan, Irish Sinn Féin politician

Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), Australian painter

Stephen Nolan (born 1973), Northern Irish radio and television presenter

Ted Nolan (born 1958), Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Tom Nolan (1921–1992), Irish politician

William F. Nolan (born 1928), American novelist

William I. Nolan (1874–1943), American politicianGiven name:

Nolan Arenado (born 1991), American baseball player

Nolan Bushnell (born 1943), American engineer and entrepreneur who founded Atari, Inc and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters

Nolan Carroll (born 1987), American football player

Nolan Cromwell (born 1955), football coach and former NFL player

Nolan Gerard Funk (born 1986), Canadian actor, singer, model and dancer

Nolan Gould (born 1998), American actor

Nolan Jones (born 1998), American baseball player

Nolan Miller (born 1935), American fashion designer

Nolan Miller (1907–2006), American author

Nolan North (born 1970), American voice actor

Nolan Reimold (born 1983), Major League Baseball player

Nolan Richardson (born 1941), American basketball coach

Nolan Roux (born 1988), French footballer

Nolan Ryan (born 1947), Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher

Nolan Smith (born 1988), American basketball player

Nolan Wirth (born 1995), Canadian soccer playerFictional characters:

Nolan, supporting character in Season 6B of Teen Wolf

Bruce Nolan, from the film Bruce Almighty

Philip Nolan, main character of the short story "The Man Without a Country"

Nolan Heinberg, the secret identity of the fictional character Omni-Man

Nolan Walsh, from the film Racing Stripes

Lynsey Nolan, character in UK TV series Hollyoaks

Mike Nolan, main character from The Mike Nolan Show on Comedy Central Australia

The Nolan family from the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Nolan Sorrento, antagonist in the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Nolan, a Frontiner Brains from Pokemon Emerald

Oroville, California

Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California, United States. The population of the city was 15,506 at the 2010 census, up from 13,004 in the 2000 census. Following the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed much of the town of Paradise, the population of Oroville increased as many people who lost their homes relocated to nearby Oroville. In 2019, the California Department of Finance estimated the population of Oroville is 21,773, an increase of more than 20% from the 2018 population estimate.

Oroville is considered the gateway to Lake Oroville and Feather River recreational areas. The Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California is headquartered in Oroville.

Oroville is located adjacent to State Route 70, and is in close proximity to State Route 99, which connects Butte County with Interstate 5. The City of Chico, California is located about 22 minutes northwest of the city, and the state capitol of Sacramento lies about an hour due south.

Oroville's nickname is the "City of Gold." Oroville has also been a Tree City USA for 38 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation.


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