An all star in 1972, Nolan won 110 games pitching for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967-1977. He broke in with Cincinnati in 1967 and went 14-8 with a 2.58 ERA. He finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year vote while striking out 206 hitters and throwing five shutouts. Nolan did not get as much work the next two years with the Reds but made 37 starts in 1970, putting together an 18-7 record with a 3.27 ERA. He finished sixth that season in the Cy Young vote. He won 12 more games the following year then went 15-5 in 1972. After an injury derailed two years of his career, Nolan again had 15-win years in 1975 and 1976. However, he struggled in 1977 and was eventually traded to the California Angels where he spent the final five games of his big-league career.
On June 7, 1967 while pitching against the San Francisco Giants, Nolan fanned Willie Mays four times. He struck out 15 hitters in the game, which Reds lost in the ninth.
Nolan pitched in four World Series (1970, 1972, 1975, 1976) with Cincinnati. He won one game, against the New York Yankees in 1976.
Nolan was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1983.
Gary Nolan – career stats