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.
|Born: May 27, 1948|
|April 15, 1967, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 18, 1977, for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||3.08|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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. 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 (41⁄3 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 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.
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.
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 playerNolan
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 EmeraldOroville, 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.
Members of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame