It’s hard to believe it but Nolan Ryan turns 70-years-old today. He was one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game of baseball.
Nolan Ryan was named to the All-Star Team 8 times, he won the World Series with the Mets in 1969, led the NL in ERA twice, and was the MLB strike-out leader 11 times. He threw a record 7 no-hitters throughout his career (3 more than the next pitcher), the first in 1973 and his last in 1991. During his no-hitter on July 15, 1973 Nolan threw an asinine 17 strike-outs. Nolan Ryan could also throw one hell of a punch, as you can see in the video above.
That game took place on August 4th, 1993 when Nolan Ryan was pitching against the Chicago White Sox. He threw a pitch high and into the upper ribcage of Robin Ventura. In response, Robin charged the mound. Instead of waiting for his teammates to bail him out Nolan Ryan put Ventura in a headlock and proceeded to pummel the shit out of Robin’s head while both benches cleared.
When Robin Ventura charged Nolan Ryan there was a 20-year age gap between the two players. But the 46-year-old Ryan made the 26-year-old Ventura his bitch, and jacked him in the face with six clean punches in the second inning before catcher Ivan Rodriguez was able to separate the two players.
After the kerfuffle on the mound, Robin Ventura was ejected but umpires allowed Nolan Ryan to remain in the game and keep pitching because Ryan had barely moved an inch from his mound after being charged and it didn’t appear as if he showed any aggression. After the fight, Nolan Ryan didn’t give up a hit for the rest of the game like a total fucking badass.
How hard and fast did Nolan Ryan pitch the ball? This supercut of his mechanics, throughout his entire career, gives you some idea of how much of a stud he was on the mound:
Happy 70th birthday to Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.