Official Major League Baseball Autographed by Nolan Ryan with COA from SSCA Sports. This ball is in mint condition as it was wrapped with shrink wrap immediately after signing. The ball comes in an acrylic cube display case as well as the Rawlings box. Any brownish on the ball in the photo's are shadows. The photo of the COA will be put up shortly. We guarantee the signature to be authentic.
Nolan Ryan (69 World Champion New York Mets, Angels, Astros, Rangers Hall of Famer) Baseballs All Time Strikeout King, 300+ Wins, 69 Miracle Mets, got last out pitch for 1st NL Championship series victory, 7 No Hitters, The Ryan Express, Hall of FamerAll-Star in 1972-73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 85, 89 IP W-L ERA Career 5386 324-292 3.19 League CS 41.1 1-1 3.70 World Series 2.1 0-0 0.00 Baseball's all-time strikeout leader and author of a major-league record seven no-hitters, Ryan was in many ways the most remarkable pitcher ever to play the game.
He was often maligned as a ".500 pitcher" despite his high strikeout totals, and he walked over 4.5 batters per nine innings each year until 1980, his 14th major-league season. But at the age of 42, Ryan -- still overwhelming hitters with a 95-mph fastball -- reached the unbelievable milestone of 5,000 strikeouts.
Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947 in Refugio, Texas) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher and current president and partial owner of the Texas Rangers. Ryan played in a major league record 27 seasons for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers, from 1966 to 1993. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ryan, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, threw pitches that were regularly recorded above 100 mph (160 km/h), even past the age of 40. The media tagged him, or more specifically his pitching, as "The Ryan Express" (a reference to the 1965 film Von Ryan's Express).
While his lifetime winning percentage was a relatively pedestrian .526, Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history. He leads the runner-up, Randy Johnson, by 839 strikeouts as of October 4, 2009. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in Major League history.
Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters. Despite the seven no-hitters he has not thrown any of baseball's perfect games.
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