"The two keys for me, are due to the fact that I’ve concentrated so many years on good mechanics of pitching and also I’ve concentrated on being as well-conditioned as possible." - Nolan Ryan

Sept. 22, 1993 - 46 year-old Nolan Ryan pitched his last game

Nolan Ryan's very durable arm finally gave out in Seattle on September 22, 1993, when he tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour. Ryan’s last start was his career worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. It was his record setting 10th grand slam given up of his career. (Ryan left trailing 5–0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan’s injury, but credited to Ryan.) Greg Myers of the California Angels was the last strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan’s career, on September 17, 1993.

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Aug. 22, 1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first pitcher in MLB to get 5,000 strike outs

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Against the Oakland Athletics, Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to become the only pitcher to record 5,000 career strikeouts.

Following the game, Henderson was quoted as saying, “If he ain’t struck you out, then you ain’t nobody.”

Two years later, at 44, Ryan finished fifth in the league in ERA (2.91) and third in strikeouts (203).

Aug. 15, 1993 - Nolan Ryan got his 324th and final victory

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Before the 1993 season, Nolan Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. In his final victory Ryan pitched seven innings and gave up just one run as the Rangers defeated the Indians 4-1.

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Aug. 12, 1974 - Nolan Ryan of the Angels struck out 19 Red Sox

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That year Nolan Ryan twice struck out 19 batters, tying Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton for the single-game record for a nine-inning game. Roger Clemens would become the first pitcher with a 20-strikeout game in 1986.

"I really felt everything was going right tonight," Ryan said. "I think I got better as the game went on. I don’t think I thought about the record until about the eight or ninth inning.”

July 11, 1985 - Nolan Ryan became the first MLB pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts

During a major league record 27-year baseball career, Ryan pitched in 1966 and from 1968 to 1993 for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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June 11, 1990 - Nolan Ryan became the oldest player to throw a no-hitter, it was the sixth of his career

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"What makes that one so meaningful was that it came so late in my career and so much time had elapsed between my fifth and sixth."- Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan holds the record for the most no-hitters (7) in MLB history.

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