Nolan Ryan

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Nolan Ryan, RHP


Career: 1966-93, Mets, Angels, Astros, Rangers
Fun fact: Led NL in ERA (2.76) with 8-16 record in 1987

The Ryan Express fastball made him baseball's all-time record-holder in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven). Ryan led his league in strikeouts 11 times on his way to 324 career wins.

Former player Dick Sharon once said, "He's baseball's exorcist, scares the devil out of you."

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