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Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan Tiger Stadium 1990 CROP.jpg
Ryan in 1990
Pitcher
Born: (1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 67)
Refugio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 1966 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1993 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 324–292
Earned run average 3.19
Strikeouts 5,714
Teams
Career highlights and awards

MLB Records

Induction 1999
Vote 98.79% (first ballot)

Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947), nicknamed "The Ryan Express", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Texas Rangers. He is currently an executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros.

During a major league record 27-year baseball career (1966, 19681993), he pitched for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]

Ryan, a hard-throwing, right-handed pitcher, threw pitches that were regularly recorded above 100 miles per hour (161 km/h). The high velocity remained throughout his career, even into his 40s. Ryan was also known to throw a devastating 12–6 curveball at exceptional velocity for a breaking ball.[2]

While his lifetime winning percentage was .526, Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history by a significant margin.[1] He leads the runner-up, Randy Johnson, by 839 strikeouts. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in Major League history. Ryan and Sandy Koufax are the only two pitchers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. Other than Jackie Robinson (whose number was retired by the entire MLB), Ryan is currently the only major league baseball player to have his number retired by at least three different teams: the Angels, Astros, and Rangers.

Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters. Despite the seven no-hitters, he never threw a perfect game, nor did he ever win a Cy Young Award. Ryan is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League baseball games in four decades and the only pitcher to have struck out seven pairs of fathers and sons.

Early life[edit]

Ryan was born in Refugio, Texas, the youngest of six children,[3] to Lynn Nolan Ryan, Sr., and Martha Lee Hancock Ryan. His family lived in nearby Woodsboro, Texas, until they moved to Alvin, Texas, when he was six weeks old. As a young boy, he enjoyed throwing objects at any target. His father thought that baseball was a better usage for his arm; therefore, he encouraged Nolan to play the game.

Ryan joined Alvin Little League Baseball when he was nine, made the all-star team when he was 11 and 12,[4] and pitched the first no-hitter of his life a few years later. Ryan also played various positions besides pitcher.[5]

Ryan played baseball for Coach Jim Watson at Alvin High School for all of his high school career.[6][7] Ryan held the school's single game strikeout record for 44 years, striking out 21 hitters in a 7-inning game.[8] The record was eventually tied by Alvin High School pitchers Aaron Stewart and Josh Land in the same week in 2009.[9]

In 1963, at an Alvin High School game at Clear Creek High School, New York Mets Scout Red Murff first noticed sophomore pitcher Ryan. Coach Watson recounted to Murff that some opponents refused to bat against Ryan and how his hard pitches would sometimes break bones in his catchers' hands.[4]

Playing career[edit]

New York Mets (1966, 1968–1971)[edit]

In 1965, after graduating from Alvin High School, Ryan was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He was assigned to a minor league team in the Appalachian League called the Marion Mets in Marion, Virginia.[10] When Ryan was called up to the New York club the following year, he was the second-youngest player in the league. His first strikeout was Pat Jarvis, and he gave up his first major league home run to Joe Torre, a future NL MVP and Hall of Fame big-league manager.[1]

Ryan missed much of the 1967 season due to illness, an arm injury, and service with the Army Reserve, pitching only 7 innings for the Mets' minor league affiliate in Jacksonville.[10] Ryan did not stick in the majors for good until the 1968 season.[1] Despite his fastball, he was unable to crack the Mets' outstanding pitching rotation, led by Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. Ryan was used more as a reliever and spot starter by the 1969 Mets. To deal with frequent blisters on his throwing hand he often soaked his fingers in pickle brine,[11] although the technique's effectiveness was questioned both by Ryan's teammates and coaches.

Ryan pitched well in the 1969 postseason for the Mets. Against the Braves in the NLCS, Ryan completed a Mets sweep by throwing seven innings of relief in Game 3, getting his first playoff win (it would take him 12 years to get another). Then in the 1969 World Series, Ryan saved Game 3, pitching 2⅓ shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles. The Game 3 victory gave the Mets a 2–1 lead in the Series, which they went on to win in five games. It would be Ryan's only World Series appearance in his career.[citation needed]

On April 18, 1970, Ryan tied a Mets record by striking out 15 batters in one game.[1] Four days later, Ryan's teammate, Tom Seaver, topped it with 19 against the San Diego Padres.[12] Ryan has credited his time with Seaver and the Mets with turning him from just a flamethrower to a pitcher. Contrary to popular belief, Ryan never wanted to be traded from the Mets and felt betrayed by the team that drafted him. His views on this only calmed once he started running the Rangers and gained a better understanding of the business side of baseball.[13]

California Angels (1972–1979)[edit]

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Nolan Ryan's number 30 was retired by the California Angels in 1992.

On December 10, 1971, Ryan was traded to the California Angels along with pitcher Don Rose, catcher Francisco Estrada, and outfielder Leroy Stanton for shortstop Jim Fregosi (who would later manage Ryan in Anaheim). Fregosi had been an All-Star in six of seven seasons between 1964 and 1970, and was only 29 years old. The deal remains controversial, and has been cited in retrospect as one of the worst in Mets history but was not viewed as unreasonable at the time. Indeed the 1972 Mets got off to a hot start (30-12). However, the transaction quickly turned sour for New York.[citation needed]

In his first season with the Angels, Ryan, given a chance to pitch regularly as a starter for the first time in his career, had a league-leading 329 strikeouts—nearly a third more than the AL runner-up, and to that point, the fourth-highest total of the 20th century. Within five seasons, the season would only be Ryan's fourth-highest strikeout total.[1] He also set a still-standing Major League record by allowing only 5.26 hits per nine innings, breaking Luis Tiant's 5.30 in 1968, as well as posting a 2.28 earned run average that year,[1] to date the second lowest in franchise history, trailing only Dean Chance's 1.65 in 1964. Though Ryan's actual winning percentage hovered only slightly over .500, his strikeouts and no-hitters brought him media attention. Meanwhile, Fregosi failed to produce as a Met, making no significant contribution to the Mets' 1973 pennant-winning campaign; he was sold to the Texas Rangers mid-season.[citation needed]

Although the Angels were a sub-.500 team and remained one for much of his time there, Ryan managed to post some winning records, notably 19–16 in 1972, 21–16 in 1973 and 22–16 in 1974 (the 22 wins tied what remains the Angels franchise record, set by Clyde Wright in 1970). Ryan also led the league in losses in 1976 with a 17–18 record (one short of the franchise record for losses).[1] In the early 1970s, many teams used a four-man rotation and expected the starter to complete the game; thus most games Ryan started ended in a decision.

On July 9, 1972, Ryan struck out three batters on nine pitches in the second inning of a 3–0 win over the Boston Red Sox; he became the seventh American League pitcher to accomplish the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning, and the first (and currently only) pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat in both leagues. (On April 19, 1968, he had struck out three batters on nine pitches in the second inning of a 2–1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals; becoming the eighth National League pitcher and the 14th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat.)

In 1973, Ryan set his first major record when he struck out 383 batters in one season, beating Sandy Koufax's old mark by one. Remarking on this feat, Koufax joked, "Yeah, and he also surpassed my total for bases on balls in a single season by 91. I suspect half of those guys he struck out swung rather than get hit." Ryan threw two no-hitters in 1973. In the second one, on July 15 against the Detroit Tigers, he struck out 17 batters – most in a recorded no-hitter. Ryan was so dominant in this game, it led to one of baseball's best-remembered pranks. Tigers first baseman and cleanup hitter Norm Cash came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, having already struck out twice, and was carrying a clubhouse table leg instead of a bat. Plate umpire Ron Luciano ordered Cash to go back and get a regulation bat, to which Cash replied, "Why, I won't hit him anyway!"[14] With a regulation bat in hand, Cash did finally make contact, but popped out to end the game.

Ryan added a third no-hitter in 1974 and a fourth in 1975, tying another of Koufax's records. In 1974 he twice struck out 19 batters, tying Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton for the single-game record for a nine-inning game. Roger Clemens would become the first pitcher with a 20-strikeout game in 1986.

The California Angels finally made the playoffs in Ryan's eighth and final year there in 1979. He started Game 1 of the ALCS and threw seven innings against the Orioles' Jim Palmer, but neither man was involved in the decision as Baltimore won in the 10th inning. Ryan was scheduled to pitch Game 5, but the Angels were eliminated in four. The season complete, Ryan became a free agent.

Ryan led the American League in strikeouts seven times during his eight seasons with the Angels. However, he also led the league in walks in six of those years, and finished second the other two seasons: 1975 and 1979.[1] Aside from Bob Feller in 1938, Ryan is the only man since 1900 to walk 200 batters in a season, which he did twice: in 1974 and 1977.

Though Ryan's strikeouts and no-hitters got him considerable media attention, he did not win over Angels general manager Buzzie Bavasi, who dismissed him as a flashy .500 pitcher (Ryan was 26–27 in the two years both were with the Angels).

Houston Astros (1980–1988)[edit]

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Nolan Ryan's number 34 was retired by the Houston Astros in 1996.

Ryan signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the Houston Astros after the 1979 season. The normally light-hitting Ryan got his Houston years started with a bang in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 12, 1980, when he hit a three-run home run off Don Sutton. It was the first of two homers in Ryan's career and produced half of the six RBI he would get that year.[1] On July 4 of that season, at Riverfront Stadium, Ryan recorded his 3,000th career strikeout, the victim being César Gerónimo of the Cincinnati Reds (Gerónimo had also been Bob Gibson's 3,000th strikeout victim, in 1974). Ryan got his third taste of postseason play in 1980, but the Astros were stopped one game short of the World Series.

In the 1980 NLCS versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan pitched well in Game 2, leaving the game tied 2–2 in the seventh (having contributed to both Astros runs with a run scored following a walk, and a sacrifice bunt leading to a run) but again got a no decision in a game that went extra innings. In the fifth and final game of the series, Ryan and the Astros held a 5–2 lead entering the 8th inning. But Ryan allowed three consecutive singles before walking in the third run. The Houston bullpen allowed the Phillies to take a 7–5 lead, and only a game-tying Astro rally permitted Ryan to escape the loss.

On September 26, 1981, Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter, breaking Koufax's mark while becoming the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter in each league. That season, his 1.69 ERA won the National League ERA title.[1]

Facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1981 NLDS, Ryan threw a complete game 2-hitter in the opener, outlasting the Dodgers' rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela. It was Ryan's second and last career postseason win. In the fifth and final game of the series, Ryan left trailing 3–0 and took the loss.

Ryan pitching for the Astros in 1983

By the end of the 1982 season, both Ryan and Steve Carlton were approaching Walter Johnson's all-time strikeout record, sometimes passing one another's career totals in successive starts. On April 27, 1983, Ryan won the race with his 3,509th whiff, against Brad Mills of the Montreal Expos (Steve Carlton would reach the same mark two weeks after Ryan).

In 1986, Ryan's Astros faced the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. Ryan had a shaky start in Game 2, taking the loss. He returned in Game 5, throwing 9 innings of 2-hit, 1-run, 12-strikeout ball. However, one of those hits was a Darryl Strawberry home run which tied the game at 1–1, as Dwight Gooden matched Ryan pitch for pitch. Ryan got a no-decision as his Astros lost in 12 innings.

In 1987, Ryan led the major leagues in both ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (270) at the age of 40—but finished 8–16 as the result of extremely poor run support. Despite his .333 winning percentage, Ryan tied for 5th place in the 1987 Cy Young voting.[1] Ryan hit his second and last career home run in a 12-3 win on May 1, 1987, against the Atlanta Braves.

Texas Rangers (1989–1993)[edit]

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Nolan Ryan's number 34 was retired by the Texas Rangers in 1996.

Ryan left Houston in a contract dispute following the 1988 season and joined the Texas Rangers. He became the first player to play for all four MLB original expansion teams: the Mets, Angels, Houston Colt .45s/ Astros and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers. (Ryan would be joined in this category by Darren Oliver, who made his Major League debut as Ryan's teammate in September 1993. Oliver's father Bob had also been a teammate of Ryan's, with the Angels from 1972 to 1974.) In 1989, he went 16–10 and led the league with 301 strikeouts.[1] Against the Oakland Athletics on August 22, Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to become the only pitcher to record 5,000 career strikeouts. (Following the game, Henderson was quoted as saying, "If he ain't struck you out, then you ain't nobody.") Two years later, at 44, Ryan finished fifth in the league in ERA (2.91) and third in strikeouts (203).[1]

In 1990, Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter on June 11 against the Athletics, and earned his 300th win on July 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers.[15] On May 1, 1991, he set a record by throwing the seventh no-hitter of his career, striking out Roberto Alomar of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final out. On August 6, 1992, Ryan had the first and only ejection of his career when he was ejected after engaging in a shouting match with Oakland Athletics outfielder Willie Wilson with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

Before the 1993 season, Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. On August 4, just before the end, Ryan had yet another high profile moment—this time an on-the-mound fight. After Ryan hit Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox with a pitch, Ventura charged the mound in order to fight Ryan, who was 20 years his senior. Ryan secured the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock with his left arm, while pummeling Ventura's head with his right fist six times before catcher Iván Rodríguez was able to pull Ventura away from Ryan. Ryan stated afterwards it was the same maneuver he used on steers he had to brand on his Texas ranch. Videos of the incident were played that evening throughout the country. While Ventura was ejected, Ryan–who had barely moved from his spot on the mound in the fracas–was allowed to remain in the game. White Sox manager Gene Lamont vehemently argued this, leading to his own ejection. Ryan pitched hitless ball the rest of the way. He had determined to be more aggressive after coming out on the wrong side of an altercation with Dave Winfield in 1980.[16]

Ryan on the mound during a 1992 home game at Arlington Stadium

Ryan's very durable arm finally gave out in Seattle on September 22, 1993, when he tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour. Ryan's last start was his career worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. It was his record setting 10th grand slam given up of his career. (Ryan left trailing 5–0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan's injury, but credited to Ryan.) Greg Myers of the California Angels was the last strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan's career, on September 17, 1993.[17]

Ryan finished his career having played in a major league record 27 seasons. He was the final active player from the 1960s to retire from Major League Baseball, outlasting Carlton Fisk (the final active position player) by three months.

No-hitters[edit]

Ryan threw a record seven no-hitters during his Major League career, three more than any other pitcher. The no-hitters spanned three decades of pitching. In those seven games, Ryan accumulated a total of 94 strikeouts and 26 walks; a ratio of 3.6 strikeouts per walk (his career K:BB was 2.0). Ryan struck out 17 in his no-hitter on July 15, 1973 versus Detroit and walked eight in his subsequent no-hitter against Minnesota, both respective highs for his no-hitters.

Date Result Venue Attendance Time Catcher Home plate
umpire
Box score
May 15, 1973 California Angels 3
at Kansas City Royals 0
Royals Stadium 12,205 2:20 Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg Evans, JimJim Evans [18]
July 15, 1973 California Angels 6
at Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium 41,411 2:21 Kusnyer, ArtArt Kusnyer Luciano, RonRon Luciano [19]
September 28, 1974 Minnesota Twins 0
at California Angels 4
Anaheim Stadium 10,872 2:22 Egan, TomTom Egan Frantz, ArtArt Frantz [20]
June 1, 1975 Baltimore Orioles 0
at California Angels 1
Anaheim Stadium 18,492 2:01 Rodríguez, EllieEllie Rodríguez Morgenweck, HankHank Morgenweck [21]
September 26, 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 0
at Houston Astros 5
Astrodome 32,115 2:46 Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby Froemming, BruceBruce Froemming [22]
June 11, 1990 Texas Rangers 5
at Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 33,436 2:49 Russell, JohnJohn Russell Denkinger, DonDon Denkinger [23]
May 1, 1991 Toronto Blue Jays 0
at Texas Rangers 3
Arlington Stadium 33,439 2:25 Stanley, MikeMike Stanley Tschida, TimTim Tschida [24]

Later activity[edit]

Nolan Ryan's post-retirement business interests include ownership of two minor league teams: the Corpus Christi Hooks, which play in the Class AA Texas League, and the Round Rock Express, a Class AAA team in the Pacific Coast League. Both teams were affiliates of the Houston Astros, for whom Ryan also served as a special assistant to the general manager until selling his interest in the team in the off-season between 2004 and 2005. He became the president of the Texas Rangers in 2008. The Express became the Rangers' AAA affiliate beginning in 2010; the Hooks are still the Astros' AA affiliate.

Ryan playing catch with a trio of dogs at his Alvin ranch

Ryan threw out the ceremonial "first pitch" before Game 3 of the 2005 World Series between the Astros and the White Sox, the first World Series game ever played in Texas. That game went 14 innings, equaling the longest in innings in World Series history (at 5:41, it was the longest in time). ESPN wryly suggested the Astros might have needed to pull the 58-year-old Ryan out of retirement if the game had gone much longer.

Ryan has co-written six books: autobiographies Miracle Man (with Jerry Jenkins, 1992), Throwing Heat (with Harvey Frommer, 1988) and The Road to Cooperstown (with Mickey Herskowitz and T.R. Sullivan, 1999); Kings of the Hill (with Mickey Herskowitz, 1992), about contemporary pitchers; and instructional books Pitching and Hitting (with Joe Torre and Joel Cohen, 1977), and Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible (with Tom House, 1991).

In addition to his baseball activities, Ryan was majority owner and chairman of Express Bank of Alvin but sold his interest in 2005.[25] He also owns a restaurant in Three Rivers, Texas. He served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 1995 to 2001. He appeared as a TV spokesman for Advil for several years, promoting the pain medication he recommended for his own arm. He also has appeared in various television commercials shown in the Texas market.

After retiring from baseball, Ryan would team up with the Federal Government to promote physical fitness. His likeness was used in the "Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide", published by The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1994.[26] In fact, on October 30, 2010, Ryan threw a 68 mph ceremonial first pitch for the start of game three of the 2010 Rangers-Giants World Series. However, in spite of his focus on physical fitness, Ryan suffered a heart attack on April 25, 2000, and had to receive a double coronary bypass.[27]

Nolan Ryan is a Beefmaster Cattleman and runs his own beef company, producing organic beef.[28]

Texas Rangers president and CEO[edit]

Ryan (right) in 2006

In February 2008, Nolan Ryan was hired as president of the Rangers.[29] After the 2009 season, Ryan and Chuck Greenberg partnered to place the winning bid to purchase the Texas Rangers from owner Tom Hicks. The deal was completed shortly after the start of the 2010 baseball season. At midnight on August 5, 2010, the Ryan/Greenberg group, Rangers Baseball Express, was announced as the winners of the final auction to purchase the Rangers, after final approval from Major League Baseball. The final cash bid to purchase the franchise was $385 million. The opposing high bidder was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Greenberg became managing general partner and CEO, while Ryan remained as team president.

Greenberg left the group in March 2011, reportedly due to a philosophical clash with Ryan. Ryan was immediately named as CEO while keeping the title of president.[30] Although Texas oil magnates Ray Davis and Bob Simpson served as co-chairmen and held larger stakes, Ryan was now the undisputed head of the franchise, with Davis and Simpson serving mostly as senior consultants.[31]

Ryan was named the Dallas-Fort Worth’s 2012 CEO of the Year by Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.[32]

During the baseball owners' meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 1, 2013, the Rangers announced that general manager Jon Daniels would add president of baseball operations to his title. Rick George was promoted to president of business operations. Ryan's title was changed simply to CEO and both Daniels and George reported to him.[33] On October 17, 2013, Ryan announced that he was stepping down as Rangers CEO effective October 31, 2013.[34]

Houston Astros special assistant[edit]

On February 11, 2014, Nolan Ryan accepted a position as a special assistant to Astros owner Jim Crane.[35]

Legacy[edit]

Nolan Ryan is often compared to the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax: they are linked by the fact that Ryan broke two of Koufax's records, for most no-hitters and the single-season strikeout mark. There are further similarities: both Ryan and Koufax started in the majors at a very young age and struggled early in their careers, and both were very reserved and private. Both had tenacious contract disputes with their owners. Ryan readily admitted the money was a large part of the reason he played as long as he did.

But there are key differences, too: Koufax pitched left-handed and Ryan right-handed; despite his early troubles, Koufax played his entire career with one team, whereas Ryan played for four. Koufax played on four championship Dodgers teams, whereas Ryan found himself on mostly mediocre teams. Ryan had an unremarkable win-loss percentage; Koufax had a stellar one, especially in his final four years. Ryan had a won–loss record only slightly better than the teams for which he played; Koufax had a significantly better percentage than his Dodger teams. Ryan, however, had one of the longest careers of any player, whereas Koufax's sterling career was cut short in its prime by arthritis and arm trouble. Nonetheless, both stand out as the best-known "power pitchers" of their times.

Comparisons to Bob Feller are probably more to the point: like Ryan, Feller was a burly, durable power pitcher, who was likely to strike out or walk any given batter, and pitched large numbers of low-hit games. Feller, however, was able to correct his wildness over time (the two are the only post-1900 pitchers to walk over 200 batters in a season) whereas Ryan had limited late success in that area. Feller, however, had a considerably better won/loss percentage than the Indian teams for whom he pitched.

Ryan played in more seasons (27) than any other player in modern (since 1900) major league history. Ryan ranks first all-time in strikeouts (5,714), fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.56), and no-hitters (7). He is also fifth in innings pitched (5,386), second in games started (773), seventh in shutouts (61) and is tied for 14th in wins (324). Opposing hitters hit only .204 against Ryan during his career, though they had a .309 on-base percentage against him. He also limited hitters to a .298 slugging percentage.[1] Ryan had 15 or more strikeouts in a game 26 times, second only to Randy Johnson, who had 28. Ryan's lengthy career spanned generations as he struck out seven pairs of fathers and sons (for example, Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds), another major league record.[36] Ryan also played during the administrations of seven U.S. PresidentsLyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jr., Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton—equaling a 20th-century record that had been set by Jim Kaat.

Ryan also ranks high on the list for four "negative" records; he ranks first all-time in walks allowed (2,795), first in wild pitches (277), third in losses (292—most in the post-1920 live-ball era), and ninth in hit batters (158).[1] Ryan is also one of two pitchers in MLB history to give up ten grand slam home runs, including one to Dann Howitt, the next-to-last batter Ryan faced in his career.

Nolan Ryan's signature

Bill James focuses on this dichotomy between Ryan's positive and negative statistics. While ranking him as the 24th best pitcher of all time, he notes, "Ryan has been retired almost ten years [in 2001], in another ten perhaps we will begin to get a little bit of perspective on him. Ryan's log of spectacular accomplishments is as thick as Bill Clinton's little black book; his list of flaws and failures is lengthy but dry, and will never make for good reading."[37]

Other writers have delved more into the specifics of James' general concerns. ESPN writer Rob Neyer stated in a 2003 column that while Ryan was among the 20 best pitchers since World War II, he "often had trouble throwing strikes, [and] he wasn't any good at fielding his position".[38] In another column, Neyer, while stating that Ryan belonged in the Hall of Fame, pointed to Ryan's record-breaking walks total and noted that his .309 on-base percentage against "wasn't even close to being in the top 100".[39]

Ryan is the only major league player to have his number retired by three different teams on which he played.[40] The California Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) retired the number 30 on June 16, 1992; the Texas Rangers retired his number 34 on September 15, 1996; and the Houston Astros retired number 34 on September 29, 1996. His number was the first retired by the Rangers. He is also one of only nine players to have had their numbers retired by more than one MLB team, with Carlton Fisk (Red Sox and White Sox), Reggie Jackson (Athletics and Yankees), Rollie Fingers (Brewers and Athletics), Hank Aaron (Brewers and Braves), Greg Maddux (Braves and Cubs), Frank Robinson (Reds and Orioles), Rod Carew (Twins and Angels), and Jackie Robinson (All MLB) being the others. Two managers, Casey Stengel (Yankees and Mets) and Sparky Anderson (Reds and Tigers) also had their numbers retired by more than one team.

Ryan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, in his first year of eligibility with 98.8% of the vote (491 out of 497 possible), six votes short of a unanimous election and the second highest percentage in history, behind Tom Seaver.[41] He chose to wear a Rangers cap for his HOF plaque to reflect his Texas heritage, as well as the fact that his 300th win, 5000th strikeout, and last two no-hitters came as a Ranger. He was the first Hall of Famer inducted as a Ranger. That year, he ranked 41st on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. He was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2003, and named the Rangers', and Astros' Hometown Hero in 2006—the only player to be so named by two franchises. In 2011, he was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.[42]

In 1992 the United States Mint produced a $1 commemorative coin often referred to as the "Nolan Ryan dollar"[43] and widely believed to depict him.[44]

In 1995 the Texas State Legislature declared State Highway 288, which passes near Alvin, as the Nolan Ryan Expressway.

The Alvin Independent School District opened Nolan Ryan Junior High School, located at 11500 Shadow Creek Parkway (FM 2234) in Pearland, Texas, just a few hundred yards away from the Nolan Ryan Expressway.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan married his Alvin High School sweetheart, the former Ruth Holdorff, on June 25, 1967. They have three children, Reid, Reese, and Wendy. Reid and Reese were both pitchers for the TCU Horned Frogs (Reid also pitched briefly in the minor leagues),[45] On May 17, 2013, his son Reid was announced as president of the Houston Astros.[46]

Nolan Ryan currently resides in the Cimarron Hills community in Georgetown, a suburb of Austin.

Political activity[edit]

Ryan is an ardent Republican, and was frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for state or federal office during the late 1990s. However, he has never run in any race, and these rumors have quieted. He appeared in print ads for the National Rifle Association's "I'm the NRA" campaign. While not running for office himself, in 1996 Ryan campaigned on behalf of Ron Paul in the election for Texas's 14th congressional district; his hometown of Alvin was located in the district.[47]

On April 7, 2011, Todd Staples, the former Texas Senator who sponsored and passed several bills that defined marriage as between one man and one woman in Texas, announced that Nolan Ryan would be serving as his statewide chairman for his exploratory committee for lieutenant governor. Ryan is quoted as saying, “Todd Staples is the top prospect for the Texas Republican Party in 2014."[48] [49]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bill James; Rob Neyer (2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers. New York: Fireside. pp. 382–383. ISBN 0-7432-6158-5. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Nolan; Frommer, Harvey (1988). Throwing Heat: The Autobiography of Nolan Ryan. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-24438-X. 
  4. ^ a b "Nolan Ryan, The Man". Nolanryan.net. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  5. ^ Sanna, Ellyn (2003). Nolan Ryan. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8239-3601-5. 
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  10. ^ a b Minor League Career Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
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  12. ^ "What a Day For Tom Seaver". Meriden Journal. Associated Press. 23 April 1970. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
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  14. ^ ""Tiger first baseman Norm Cash." Baseball Digest, 2001". Findarticles.com. 1973-07-15. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  15. ^ Moran, Malcolm (August 2, 1990). "Ryan Savors His Milestone With a Feeling of Relief". The New York Times. 
  16. ^ Freeman, Denne H. (August 5, 1993). "Raging Ryan Strikes Ventura". Austin American-Statesman. p. C1. 
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  20. ^ "September 28, 1974 Minnesota Twins at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. 1974-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  21. ^ "June 1, 1975 Baltimore Orioles at California Angels Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. 1975-06-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  22. ^ "September 26, 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. 1981-09-26. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
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  24. ^ "May 1, 1991 Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. 1991-05-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  25. ^ "Texas United Bancshares agrees to buy Nolan Ryan family's bank". San Antonio Business Journal. October 27, 2005. 
  26. ^ "The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports – Publications". Fitness.gov. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  27. ^ The Deseret News - Google News Archive Search
  28. ^ http://www.nolanryanbeef.com
  29. ^ Grant, Evan (February 6, 2008). "Nolan Ryan hired as Texas Rangers' president". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  30. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (March 11, 2010). "Greenberg leaves Rangers; Ryan named CEO". MLB.com. 
  31. ^ Wills, Todd (May 24, 2013). "Ray Davis, Bob Simpson to continue as low-key counsel for Texas Rangers | texasrangers.com: News". Texas.rangers.mlb.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  32. ^ "D CEO : CEO of the Year: Nolan Ryan". Dmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  33. ^ Wilson, Jeff (March 1, 2013). "Rangers promote Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  34. ^ Fraley, Gerry (October 17, 2013). "Nolan Ryan to retire as Texas Rangers CEO on Halloween". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Nolan Ryan to return to Astros as special assistant to Jim Crane". Houston Chronicle. February 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  36. ^ "The Nolan Ryan Express | The Strikeout King | smackbomb.com/nolanryan". Smackbomb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  37. ^ James. "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract". p. 862. 
  38. ^ By Rob NeyerESPN.com (2003-05-27). "No mention of Ryan brings plenty of disbelief". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  39. ^ "Nolan Ryan: why he's overrated". ESPN.com. September 16, 1999. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  40. ^ Texas Rangers Retired Number History on mlb.com Retrieved May 18, 2006
  41. ^ Nolan Ryan Baseball Hall of Fame bio Retrieved April 26, 2006[dead link]
  42. ^ Bios Of The Inductees. Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  43. ^ John R. Deecken's Commemorative Silver Dollar
  44. ^ Did the United States produce a Nolan Ryan Dollar coin?
  45. ^ Smith, Claire (April 3, 1991). "As Texas Watches, Ryan Hurls Against Ryan". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  46. ^ "Nolan Ryan’s Oldest Son Named Astros President". WBBM-TV. May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  47. ^ Caldwell, Christopher (July 22, 2007). "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  48. ^ "Press Releases". April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  49. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Nolan Ryan to Serve as Statewide Chairman for Staples". April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

General references[edit]

  • James, Bill (2001). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. 
  • Pietrusza, David; Silverman, Matthew; Michael Gershman (2000). Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia. Total/Sports Illustrated. 

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