Nolan Ryan

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan Full Name: Nolan Ryan [Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr.]
Nationality: American

Profession: MLB Pitching Legend
Why Famous: Nicknamed "The Ryan Express", he pitched in 1966 and from 1968 to 1993 for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers during a major league record 27-year baseball career. His 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history by a significant margin, and he is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven.

Born: January 31, 1947 (70 years old)
Star Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, USA

Married Life

  • 1967-06-25 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan (20) weds his high school sweetheart Ruth Holdorff (18)

Historical Events in the Life of Nolan Ryan

  • 1973-05-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0
  • 1973-07-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0
  • 1973-09-27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season
  • 1974-06-14 Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings
  • 1974-08-12 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2
  • 1974-08-20 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
  • 1974-09-28 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0
  • 1974-10-30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)
  • 1975-06-01 California Angel Nolan Ryan 4th no-hitter beats Balt Orioles, 1-0
  • 1975-06-06 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning
  • 1977-06-08 Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game
  • 1977-08-28 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year
  • 1978-04-24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game
  • 1979-07-13 Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th
  • 1979-11-19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract
  • 1980-07-04 Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000
  • 1981-06-05 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)
  • 1981-09-25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0
  • 1983-04-17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
  • 1983-04-27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • 1983-06-07 Steve Carlton temporarily passes Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out
  • 1983-07-27 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan & Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts this season, he also wins his 1st game as a Royal
  • 1985-07-11 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
  • 1987-08-29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time
  • 1987-09-09 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter
  • 1988-07-09 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3
  • 1988-12-07 Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract
  • 1989-04-23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning
  • 1989-06-03 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall
  • 1989-06-14 Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams
  • 1989-08-22 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)
  • 1989-09-30 Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout
  • 1990-04-26 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters
  • 1990-06-11 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
  • 1990-07-31 Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1991-05-01 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)
  • 1991-07-07 Nolan Ryan possible 8th no-hitter ends in the 8th inning
  • 1991-09-12 Nolan Ryan's 4-3 victory over Twins is his 312th career win
  • 1992-07-26 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons
  • 1993-08-15 Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1
  • 1993-09-22 Nolan Ryan, 46, pitches his last game
  • 1996-09-15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
  • 1996-09-29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34

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