On Monday, January 2, 2012 the Philadelphia Flyers will take the ice against the New York Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic Collection boasts Philly & NY vintage tees and fleece for men and women. The complete collection delivers to 1201 Chestnut, mitchellandness.com & authorized retailers December 1, but here is a sneak peak at some samples we received today!
18 years ago, Nolan Ryan recorded the final win of his 27 year career. Career win number 324 came against Jose Mesa and the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, August 15th, 1993. Ryan pitched 7 strong innings and struck out two batters before turning it over to his bullpen. While 7 innings and 2 Ks doesn’t sound like much, you have to keep in mind that Ryan was 46 years old at the time. But even at 46, Ryan still touched 98 mphs with his fastball.
A member of the exclusive 300 win club, Ryan currently sits tied for 14th on the career win list with Don Sutter with 324 wins. Ryan’s career strikeout total of 5,714 puts him comfortably in 1st place for total strikeouts in MLB history. To put it into context, the 2nd place pitcher, Randy Johnson, has a career total of 4,875, which is 839 less than Ryan. If Johnson matched his career average of 271 strikeouts per season (roughly 8 Ks per game), he would have to pitch in another 105 games (3.1 seasons) to overtake Ryan. Ryan also holds the record for most no-hitters in a career with 7. Upon retiring, Ryan’s number 34 jerseys were retired by the Rangers and Astros, and his number 30 jersey was retired by the Angels. He is the only player to have his number retired by three different teams (except for Jackie Robinson, whose number is retired by every team in the league).
Last night's dismal outing by the Canucks made us think back to the 1994 Stanley Cup, when on June 14, 1994, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7. It was a simliar start to last night's "game" when the home squad jumped on top early and held the opposition to a scoreless first period. However, back in '94, the Canucks didn’t give up. Down 2-0, the Western Conference champs pulled it together and came back with a short-handed goal by team captain, Trevor Linden, to cut the lead to one. Mark Messier then restored a 2-goal Ranger lead late in the second period, followed shortly by yet another Trevor Linden goal. The Rangers managed to stay out of reach and held on to win Game 7.
Madison Square Garden erupted into cheers as the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
1994 was the second NHL Stanley Cup Finals appearance for Vancvouer and it was also their second loss.
Last night, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t seem to show up to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins set the tone quickly by jumping on top 4-0 in the first period and went on to completely dominated the entire game. The Finals go back to Vancouver tomorrow night for Game 7…hopefully both teams will be playing. Will third time be a charm or will Boston claim their fifth Cup?
To celebrate Nolan Ryan's 64th birthday we're sharing this sneak peek of a Rangers mesh bp jersey that will be available this spring.
We know you've been waiting for more hockey jerseys and we have two of our newest additions to the Vintage collection to show you! Check out the New York Rangers 1971 - 1972 Brad Park & Rod Gilbert jerseys! Let us know what you think!