21 years ago this past Tuesday on May 1, 1991, 44-year-old Texas flamethrower Nolan Ryan tossed the final of his Major League Baseball (MLB) record seven no-hitters in a 3-0 Rangers win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Arlington Stadium.
Ryan, who made his debut as professional in September 1966 for the New York Mets and retired as a Ranger in the autumn of 1993, compiled a mark of 324-292 and recorded the most career strikeouts in the history of the sport with 5,714.
The current principal owner, president and CEO of the Rangers was an eight-time All-Star selection who made the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
Nicknamed “The Ryan Express,” the rugged Texan was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1999 after an astounding 27-year career.
Despite his numerous achievements on the hill, Ryan may be best remembered for pummeling 26-year-old Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox after the youngster charged the mound to fight the 46-year-old in August 1993.
During his final season in the majors, the defiant geriatric continued to amaze and regularly throw in excess of 95 mph.
“The Ryan Express” was a tremendous ride and one of its best moments occurred more than two-decades ago this week.by