46 Facts About Nolan Ryan

1. Nolan Ryan is quoted as saying, "Todd Staples is the top prospect for the Texas Republican Party in 2014.

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2. In 1996 Nolan 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.

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3. Nolan Ryan married his high school sweetheart, the former Ruth Holdorff, on June 25, 1967.

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4. Nolan Ryan was the first Hall of Famer inducted as a Ranger.

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5. Nolan Ryan 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.

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6. Nolan Ryan is 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.

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7. Nolan Ryan had 15 or more strikeouts in a game 26 times, second only to Randy Johnson, who had 28.

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

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9. On October 17, 2013, Nolan Ryan announced that he was stepping down as Rangers CEO effective October 31, 2013.

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10. Nolan Ryan was immediately named as CEO while keeping the title of president.

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11. Nolan Ryan has appeared in various television commercials shown in the Texas market.

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12. Nolan Ryan appeared as a TV spokesman for Advil for several years, promoting the pain medication he recommended for his own arm.

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13. Nolan Ryan served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 1995 to 2001.

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14. Nolan Ryan became the president of the Texas Rangers in 2008.

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15. Nolan 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.

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16. In those seven games, Nolan Ryan accumulated a total of 94 strikeouts and 26 walks; a ratio of 3.6 strikeouts per walk.

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17. Nolan Ryan was the final active player from the 1960s to retire from Major League Baseball, outlasting Carlton Fisk by three months.

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18. Nolan Ryan finished his career having played in a major league record 27 seasons.

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19. Nolan Ryan had determined to be more aggressive after coming out on the wrong side of an altercation with Dave Winfield in 1980.

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20. Nolan Ryan pitched a hitless ball game the rest of the way.

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21. In 1990, Nolan Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter on June 11 against the Athletics, and earned his 300th win on July 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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22. Nolan Ryan became the first player to play for all four MLB original expansion teams: the Mets, Angels, Houston Colt.

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23. Nolan Ryan got a no-decision as his Astros lost in 12 innings.

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24. On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter, breaking Koufax's mark while becoming the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter in each league.

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25. Nolan Ryan got his third taste of postseason play in 1980, but the Astros were stopped one game short of the World Series.

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26. In 1980 Nolan Ryan became the first million dollar player when he signed a four-year free agent contract with the Houston Astros for one million dollars per season.

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27. Nolan Ryan was scheduled to pitch Game 5, but the Angels were eliminated in four.

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28. Nolan Ryan 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.

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29. Nolan Ryan added a third no-hitter in 1974 and a fourth in 1975, tying another of Koufax's records.

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30. In 1973, Nolan Ryan set his first major record when he struck out 383 batters in one season, beating Sandy Koufax's old mark by one.

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31. Nolan Ryan finished 2nd in the Cy Young balloting in 1973.

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32. Nolan Ryan 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.

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33. On December 10, 1971, Nolan Ryan was traded to the California Angels along with pitcher Don Rose, catcher Francisco Estrada, and outfielder Leroy Stanton for shortstop Jim Fregosi.

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34. Contrary to popular belief, Nolan Ryan never wanted to be traded from the Mets and felt betrayed by the team that drafted him.

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35. Nolan Ryan has credited his time with Seaver and the Mets with turning him from just a flamethrower to a pitcher.

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36. Nolan Ryan pitched well for the Miracle Mets in the 1969 postseason.

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37. Nolan Ryan was used more as a reliever and spot starter by the 1969 Mets.

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38. Nolan Ryan was unable to crack the Mets' pitching rotation, led by Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.

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39. Nolan Ryan missed much of the 1967 season due to illness, an arm injury, and service with the Army Reserve; he pitched only 7 innings for the Mets' minor league affiliate in Jacksonville.

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40. Nolan Ryan was assigned to the minor league Marion Mets in the Appalachian League.

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41. Nolan Ryan is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League baseball games in four decades and the only MLB pitcher to strike out seven pairs of fathers and sons.

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42. Nolan Ryan is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters, with 12.

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43. Nolan Ryan leads the runner-up, Randy Johnson, by 839 strikeouts.

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44. Nolan Ryan maintained this velocity throughout his career, even into his 40s.

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45. Nolan Ryan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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46. Nolan Ryan is currently an executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros.

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