In 1993, Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan pitched his last MLB game in a 4-7 loss against the Seattle Mariners. Ryan was 46 years old and was still capable of an eighth career no-hitter. Five days earlier, Ryan pitched against the California Angels and held the Angels scoreless for five innings. Ryan only allowed one run in the seven innings he pitched. A member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Ryan’s career lasted a record-tying 27 seasons. Selected in the 12th round of the 1965 MLB Draft as the 295th pick, Ryan’s regular 100 mph fastballs and 12-6 curveball made him one of the most elite pitchers in MLB history.
During his career, Ryan amassed 324 wins to go with all-time records for no hitters (seven) and strikeouts (5,714). In 1969, Ryan helped the New York Mets win their first World Series in franchise history. Ryan saved Game 3, pitching nearly 2 shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles. The Mets defeated the Orioles (4-1). Ryan’s other accolades include 11x Strikeout leader, 2x NL ERA leader, and 8x All-Star. In 1999, Ryan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.