ABOUT MY NOLAN RYAN COLLECTION
I became a Nolan Ryan fan back in 1969 when he pitched for The Amazing Mets…..who surprisingly won the won the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles in five (5) games. I became a fan of the “lovable loser” New York Mets in late August of the 1969 season, when it became obvious that the Metropolitans had a chance to make the playoffs…..as the fact remained that the Mets had never finished higher than ninth place in a ten-team league in their first seven seasons prior to 1969. As an expansion team, they went 40–120 in 1962, the most losses by an MLB team in one season in the 20th century, and the 1962 Mets’ .250 winning percentage was higher than only the .248 posted by the 1935 Boston Braves. The Mets never had been over .500 after the ninth game of any season. Seven years after their disastrous inaugural season, “The Amazin’ Mets” ….who were nicknamed by previous manager Casey Stengel….would actually win the World Series….while becoming the 1st expansion team to do so.
The Mets starting pitching rotation included Tom Seaver (25 – 7, 208 K’s), Jerry Koosman (17 – 9, 180 K’s), Gary Gentry (13 – 12, 154 K’s), Don Cardwell (8 – 10, 60 K’s and Nolan Ryan (6 – 3, 92 K’s)….and of those five, Nolan Ryan became my favorite pitcher of all time….for even in 1969, Ryan was a “flame thrower” of the highest order….who would become Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout leader by the time his career ended in 1993 with 5,714 strikeouts…..which along with his seven (7) No Hitters and his 2,795 base on balls are three MLB records that probably will never be broken.
When Nolan Ryan became a Houston Astro in 1980….which was when he acquired the nickname “Big Tex”. During his nine seasons with the Astros (1980 – 1988), Big Tex threw his 5th No Hitter…..while breaking Sandy Koufax’s record of four (4)….plus he recorded his 3,000th and 4,000th strikeout…..as he compiled a 106–94 record in 282 starts, a 3.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, with 796 walks and 1,866 strikeouts in 1,854 innings…..all of which was accomplished while being 33 to 42 years old….and then he was traded to the Texas Rangers at age 42.
While with the Rangers from 1989 through 1993, Big Tex became known as The Ryan Express….as he recorded his 6th at age 43…..and 7th No Hitter (a record that probably will never be broken) at age 44…..while recording his 300th win at the same age….plus, The Ryan Express recorded his 5,000th strikeout on August 22, 1989 against future Hall of Fame outfielder and all-time base stealing champion (1406 steals) Rickie Henderson….with a 97mph fastball in the top of the 7th inning….as Henderson dropped his bat and bowed while tipping his cap to Nolan Ryan. Just FYI, I was there with my Mom and Dad along with my wife and two sons to see this historic event in MLB history…..as Big Tex / The Ryan Express is still the only pitcher to ever reach that plateau…..while he ended his career at age 46 in 1993 with a total of 5,714 strikeouts (another MLB record that will probably never be broken).
In typical Nolan Ryan style….Ryan’s arm gave out in Seattle on September 22, 1993…..when he tore a ligament in his pitching arm. The injury ended his career two starts earlier than planned, at age 46…..when Ryan briefly attempted to pitch past the injury…..and he threw one additional pitch after tearing his ligament…..when with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour (158 km/h). Simply AMAZING !!! SALES PRICE FOR MY NOLAN RYAN MEMORABILIA AND VIDEO CONTENT COLLECTION IS $10,000 (USD) Video Content Includes 28+/- Videos Predominantly Viewed Here At ImaSportsphile
100% of this wonderful Nolan Ryan memorabilia collection came after Big Tex / The Ryan Express came to the Astros in 1979 as follows:
Nolan Ryan Baseball Cards Collection
Nolan Ryan Memorabilia Collection
Nolan Ryan 5,000 Strikeout Game Collection
Nolan Ryan’s 300th Win Collection
Nolan Ryan’s 7th No Hitter Collection