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 COLLECTION AND NOLAN RYAN VIDEO LIBRARY 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
My Nolan Ryan Video Collection For Sale With This Package As Follows:
- MLB – 1969 – ESPN Baseballs Greatest Hits Special Feature – It Can Only Be Described As Amazing – With Curt Gowdy
- MLB – 1969 – ESPN Baseballs Greatest Hits Special Feature – World Series Game 3 – Baltimore Orioles Vs New York Mets – Featuring Amazing OF Tommy Agee + P Nolan Ryan In Releif- With Curt Gowdy
- MLB – 1970 To 1979 – Special – ABCs Howard Cosell Recalls The Major Events During The Decade Of The 1970’s – Featuring Future Astro P Nolan Ryan + Yanks “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson
- MLB – 1975 – Special – Nolan Ryan Ties Sandy Koufax All Time MLB 4th No Hitter Record
- MLB – 1981- NBC Special – Nolan Ryan Breaks Tie With Sandy Koufax With 5th No Hitter For New MLB Record
- MLB – 198 – HBO Race For The Pennant – Los Angeles Dodgers – With Earl Weaver + Frank Robinson + Tim McCarver + Barry Tompkins – Featuring P Nolan Ryan Leading Astros Into The Playoffs
- MLB – 1980 – HBO Inside Sports – Highlights Of MLB Season – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1983 – TWIB – Mel Allen Shines Light On Houston Astros During Season Ending Stretch Run – Nolan Ryan Highlights
- MLB – 1984 – Special – This Week In Baseball – Host Mel Allen – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1985 – HSEs Game Of Week – San Francisco Giants VS Houston Astros -With Gene Elston & Worrell Pre-Game Highlights and Commentary on Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1985 – ESPN Baseballs Greatest Hits Special Feature – From Cy Young & Walter Johnson To Nolan Ryan + From Honus Wagner & Tris Speaker To Ty Cobb To Pete Rose – With George Grande
- MLB – 1985 – NBC Sports 56th All Star Game Special Feature – Introduction Of Players – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1985 – 56th All Star Game – National League Vs American League – With Bob Costas + Vin Scully + Joe Garagiola – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Special Feature – Highlights From Mets Vs Astros Game – Featuring Astros Starting P Nolan Ryan – With Keith Jackson
- MLB – 1986 – Inside Baseball – Salute To The 1986 Season As One To Remember – With George Grande
- MLB – 1986 – Inside Baseball – NLCS NY Mets Vs Houston Astros Highlights – With George Grande
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 2 – Featuring Astros Starting P Nolan Ryan – With Keith Jackson Interview With MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 5 Astros Vs Mets Pre-Game Show Special Feature – With Keith + Tim McCarver
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 2 Pre-Game Show – Mets Vs Astros – With Keith Jackson + Tim McCarver
- MLB -1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 2 – The Game – NY Mets Vs Houston Astros – With Astros Starting P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 5 Astros Vs Mets Pre-Game Special Feature – Keith Jackson Previews Astros P Nolan Ryan Game 5 Starter
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports NLCS Game 5 Astros Vs Mets Pre-Game Special Feature – The Astros Starting Lineup – With Keith Jackson
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports National League Championship Series Special Feature – New York Mets Vs Houston Astros – Game 5 – Innings 1 Thru 5 – With Keith Jackson + Tim McCarver
- MLB – 1986 – ABC Sports National League Championship Series Special Feature – New York Mets Vs Houston Astros – Game 5 – Innings 5 Thru 12 – With Al Michaels + Tim McCarver + Jim Palmer + Reggie Jackson
- MLB – 1986 – HSE Sports Game Of The Week Special Feature – San Francisco Giants Vs Houston Astros – Featuring Astros P Mike Scott To Clinch NL West Division – With Gene Elston + Bill Worrell Who Highlight P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – The 1970’s – This Week In Baseball – Mel Allen Pontificates The Rising Player Salaries Due To The Start Of Free Agency – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
- MLB – The 1970s – This Week In Baseball – Mel Allen Showcases The Expos + Dodgers + Astros + Brewers Finishing Out The Decade Of The 1970s – Featuring Astros P Nolan Ryan
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