Homer Bailey had one idea for the number he wanted to wear on the back of his baseball jersey. Rick Stowe had a different idea.
Stowe won out.
Texas boy. Nolan Ryan. Thats why I gave it to him, said Stowe, the Reds clubhouse manager, late Tuesday night in explaining how Bailey came about to wear the No. 34.
Ryan, the Texas and baseball icon, owns the Major League record with seven no-hitters. Bailey joined an exclusive club Tuesday night when he threw his second no-hitter in a 3-0 win against San Francisco at Great American Ball Park. The La Grange, Texas native threw his first no-hitter last September at Pittsburgh.
According to Stowe, Bailey originally wanted to wear the No. 21 Roger Clemens another Texas pitching legend made famous during his years with the Boston Red Sox. Stowe decided Ryans 34 was a better fit.
AUTHENTICATED: The list of game-worn and used items to be authenticated by MLB after the no-hitter was rather extensive. Indelible ink is used to mark the item...