On July 4, 1980, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros collects his 3,000th strikeout during an 8-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. “The Express” fans Cesar Geronimo, becoming the fourth major league pitcher to reach the milestone.

Ironically, Geronimo was also Bob Gibson’s 3,000th career strikeout victim six years earlier. Despite the milestone, Ryan allows 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings and Houston loses, 8 – 1.