Nolan Ryan

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Nolan Ryan is one of the most iconic players in professional baseball history.  Throughout his career, which spanned 27 years and 4 different decades, Ryan was considered one of the best right-handed pitchers in the Major Leagues.  Ryan was known as one of the hardest throwing pitchers of all-time and regularly threw around 100 mph.

Sports Speaker Nolan Ryan first appeared in the Major Leagues as a 19 year-old youngster with the New York Mets.  This was the first of Ryan’s four career stops as a player.  His next stop was with the California Angels, and this was the stint where Ryan’s career began to takeoff.  The Angels were Ryan’s home team for the majority of the 1970’s, and Ryan threw 4 of his all-time best 7 no-hitters with the franchise. Ryan then was moved into the Houston Astros where he continued to assert himself as one of the fiercest flamethrowers in the history of the game.  Ryan played with the Astros until 1988 and at the age of 41, he relocated in the Lone Star state to play with the Texas Rangers.  Nolan’s career ended with the Rangers at the age of 46.  For his career, Nolan holds a variety of records including most strikeouts all-time, most strikeouts in a seasons, and most no-hitters all-time.  He was also named to the All-Star Game 8 times and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Aside from his baseball-playing career, Ryan has been involved in a variety of other activities.  He’s a former owner of multiple minor league baseball teams and is the former CEO of the Texas Rangers.  Currently he works as a special advisor for the Houston Astros.  Politically, Ryan is known as a conservative Republican who represents the GOP publically.  In terms of philanthropy, Nolan is the head of the Nolan Ryan Foundation that operates out of Alvin, TX.