Nahorodny caught for nine years in the big leagues, coming up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976 and finishing with the Seattle Mariners in 1984. In 308 games he hit .241 with 25 home runs. He only played in 10 games during the first two years of his big-league run, but took over as the Chicago White Sox starting catcher in 1978. He played in 107 games that season, hitting .236 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs. He saw action in 65 games the next year before the ChiSox dealt him to the Atlanta Braves. Nahorodny was the Braves’ backup backstop for a couple years before moving on to the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and finally the Mariners. He played in AAA in 1985 for the Portland Beavers before retiring.
Nahorodny, playing for the White Sox, took Nolan Ryan deep on May 17, 1978 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. With one out and Eric Soderholm on first base, Nahorodny crushed a Ryan pitch the left field, for the two-run bomb. The White Sox went on to win the game 9-6.
On May 5, 1980 Nahorody, playing for the Braves, singled off Steve Carlton in the eighth inning of their game at Veterans’ Stadium in Philadelphia, breaking up Carlton’s no-hit bid in the process. The Phillies won the game 7-1.
Bill Nahorodny – career stats