Nolan Ryan

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan

Full Name: Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr.
Profession: MLB Pitching Legend

United States of America

Biography: 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
Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, USA
Age: 75 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 1973-05-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0
  • 1973-07-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 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 MLB Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Boston Red Sox over 13 innings in a 15-inning 2-1 win for California at Anaheim Stadium
  • 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 Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan records his record equalling 4th MLB career no-hitter in beating the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0
  • 1975-06-06 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning
  • 1977-06-08 MLB California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, in 10-inning, 2-1 win over visiting Toronto Blue Jays
  • 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 and 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 (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts
  • 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 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton temporarily passes Houston Astro Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out
  • 1983-07-27 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, also winning his 1st game as a Kansas City 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 MLB Texas 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 MLB Texas Rangers' 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 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone
  • 1991-05-01 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter
  • 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 the 23rd consecutive season
  • 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
  • 2010-08-05 Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)

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