How much is Nolan Ryan worth?
|Net Worth:||$65 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Pitcher|
|Date of Birth:||January 31, 1947|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Nolan Ryan
- Born: Jan. 31, 1947
- Hometown: Refugio, Texas
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 170 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Ruth; sons Reid and Reese; daughter Wendy.
- Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before the bigs:
- Grew up in Alvin, Texas, and was already a legend in high school with his blazing fastball.
- Still, Ryan lasted until the 12th round of the 1965 draft and signed at age 18 with the New York Mets.
- After going 3-6 in rookie ball in 1965, he was 17-2 with a 2.51 ERA at Single-A Greenville and 0-2 at Double-A Williamsport in 1966, striking out 313. He made a brief big-league debut in September and lost in his first start at age 19 for the Mets against the Houston Astros in the Astrodome, not far from his hometown. Gave up his first big-league home run to Joe Torre of the Braves.
- Had an arm injury and served in the Army Reserve for much of the 1967 season and made just four appearances for Single-A Winter Haven and Triple-A Jacksonville. He made the Mets for good out of spring training in 1968.
- Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout leader with 5,174 in 27 seasons. The 27 seasons was a record at the time of his retirement.
- Threw a major-league record seven no-hitters, he first in 1973 and the last almost 19 years later, in 1991.
- Won 324 games, which ranks 14th all-time. He’s also third all-time in losses with 292, and is the all-time leader in wild pitches (277) and walks (2.795).
- Never won a Cy Young Award, but finished in the top five of the voting six times.
- Also rankes first all-time in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.56). Opposing hitters batted just .204 against him in his career.
- Started strong as a rookie in 1968 at age 21, but finished 6-8 with a 3.09 ERA. Was used mainly as a reliever for the 1969 Mets, who famously won the World Series. It was the only World Series appearance of his career, and he had a save in Game 3.
- Struck out 15 batters in a game in 1970, but went 7-11 as he struggled with his command. After a 10-14 season in 1971, the Mets traded him to the California Angels in a package deal for shortstop Jim Fregosi.
- Led the AL in strikeouts with 329 in 1973 with the Angels and finished eighth in Cy Young voting, going 19-16 with a 2.28 ERA. But he also led the league in walks, something he would do in six of his eight seasons with the Angels.
- Was second in AL Cy Young voting after his first 20-win season in 1973, going 21-16 with a 2.87 ERA and a career-best 383 strikeouts, which broke the MLB record by one. He won a career-best 22 games the following season and whiffed 367 in 332 2/3 innings. He suffered through lax run support, however, which made him appear less dominant.
- After going 138-121 in his eight seasons in California with four no-hitters, he signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros before the 1980 season, becoming the first pro athlete to make $1 million per year.
- Led the NL in ERA in the strike-shortened 1981 season (1.69) and was fourth in NL Cy Young voting.
- Broke the all-time strikeouts record, passing Walter Johnson on April 27, 1983 with his 3.509th. He went on to pitch for 10 more seasons.
- Led the majors in ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (270) at age 40 in 1987, even though he had just an 8-16 record.
- In nine seasons for Houston, he was 106-94 with a 3.24 ERA.
- Signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers before the 1989 season and went 41-25 in the next three seasons. Finished fifth in Cy Young voting and was an All-Star selection in 1989, when he was 16-10 with a 3.20 ERA.
- Threw his sixth career no-hitter on June 11, 1990 at Oakland — five was the record — and won his 300th game on July 31 against the Brewers.
- Threw his seventh no-hitter at age 44 against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 1, 1991, striking out 16.
- In his final season, 1993, he was 5-5 at age 46, and famously got in a brawl with the White Sox’s Robin Ventura, who stormed the mound after being hit by a pitch and was greeted by six direct punches to the face by Ryan.
- Became the principal owner, president and CEO of the Texas Rangers in 2011. He was first hired as president of the team in 2008.
- Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in his first year of eligibility with 98.8 percent of the vote, the second-highest percentage in history behind former Mets teammate Tom Seaver. He was just six votes short of being unanimous. He was the first Hall of Famer to go in as a Texas Rangers player.
- Owned two minor-league teams before owning the Rangers — the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Round Rock Express.
- Also was majority owner and chairman of Express Bank of Alvin and owns a restaurant. Also runs his own beef company.
- His No. 30 is retired by the Angels, and his No. 34 is retired by both the Astros and the Rangers. He’s the only player to have his number retired by three teams.
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