Nolan Ryan (1987 – Topps #757)

Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (The Ryan Express) was a major league pitcher, brought up by the New York Mets (1966, ’68 – ’71) and eventually ended up pitching for the California Angels (1972 –’79), the Houston Astros  (1980 – ’88) and the Texas Rangers (1989 – ’93) during his record 27 year career. During those 27 years, he threw a major league record 7 no-hitters, and still leads the major league in Strikeouts with a total of 5,714 Ks.  He was a member of the 1969 World Series Champion “Miracle Mets”, although he played little.  In California, however, he came into his own and was a 5-time American League All-Star and led the League in strikeouts 7 times.  He also threw 4 no-hitters for the Angels and his uniform number (#30) was retired there.  In Houston, he was a 2 time All-Star and Strikeout King and also led the N.L. in ERA 2 times.  He Threw his 5th no-hitter in Houston (a record) and his uniform number (he wore #34 in Houston and Texas) has been retired by the Astros. With the Texas Rangers, he was an All-Star (1989), 2-time Strikeout King and pitched his 6th and 7th no-hitters. His uniform number (#34) was retired by the Rangers.  He retired in 1993 at the age of 46 and is, presently, (as of 2/23/2016) executive advisor to the owner of the Houston Astros.nolan ryan full big


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