Nolan Ryan

Lynn Nolan Ryan pitching as a Houston Astro
Birthdate 1/31/1947
Death Date
Debut Year 1966
Year of Induction 1999
Teams Angels, Astros, Mets, Rangers
Position Pitcher

Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 Ks and 2,795 walks rank 1st on the all-time list. He is one of only four HoF pitchers to have more Ks than innings pitched.

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Endorsement questionnaire from 1974 signed by Nolan Ryan

Endorsement questionnaire from 1974 signed by Nolan Ryan

A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan amassed 5,714 career strikeouts to go with his 324 wins. In the collection is an endorsement questionnaire asking the eight-time All Star if he currently has any licensing contracts or product endorsements. At the time the contract was signed in 1974, even th
Nolan Ryan joined the 700-start club on 8/28/1990; here’s the dugout lineup card from that game

Nolan Ryan joined the 700-start club on 8/28/1990; here’s the dugout lineup card from that game

Nolan Ryan played in a Major League record 27 seasons from 1966-1993. During that time he made started 773 games, topped only by the 815 made by legendary hurler Cy Young. When Ryan made his 700th start on August 28, 1990, he joined an exclusive club of only five
Nolan Ryan received the William J. Slocum Award in 1994

Nolan Ryan received the William J. Slocum Award in 1994

The New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America created the William J. Slocum Award in 1930. Today it remains one of the longest-standing and most distinguished honors in the game. When the scribes bestowed it upon Nolan Ryan in 1994, he joined a list of baseball titans to receiv

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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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William J. Slocum Award

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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