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Nolan Ryan Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

NOLAN RYAN
Born: January 31, 1947 in Refugio, Texas
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Full name Lynn Nolan Ryan
Born January 31, 1947, Refugio, Texas
First Game: September 11, 1966; Final Game: September 22, 1993
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 170

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1999
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1977)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1977)

NOLAN RYAN
This article was written by Talmadge Boston and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Nolan Ryan has more strikeouts and no-hitters than any other pitcher in history. Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, he started more games than anyone except Cy Young. Though he played mostly for mediocre teams, his 324 wins are as many as contemporary Don Sutton, who pitched for four pennant winners and just missed a fifth. Yet Ryan's dominance—his 5,714 strikeouts were 2,000 more than Sutton and 1,500 better than Steve Carlton, whom he once trailed in the all-time K race—puts The Ryan Express head and shoulders above almost any other pitcher since 1970. His longevity—winning a strikeout crown and throwing a no-hitter while being the oldest player in the game at the age of 43—makes him the stuff of legend. And in one day in 1971, Ryan's change of coasts became the best trade the California Angels ever made and the worst deal in New York Mets history. He may have walked more batters and thrown more wild pitches than anyone else in the game's history, but that just proved he was human.

Born on January 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas, Lynn Nolan Ryan was the son of Robert Ryan and Martha Lee Hancock Ryan (a descendant of John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence). The youngest of six children, he had a brother and four sisters. The Ryans moved from Refugio to Alvin, Texas, when Nolan was six weeks old because his father was transferred to the Alvin area. His father was plant supervisor at Hastings plant for Stanton Oil Company, which became Pan American Petroleum.

Nolan began playing baseball at seven with his father in their front yard. From there, the boy decided on his own that he loved playing the game and he started playing on a nearby vacant lot, where neighborhood kids built a diamond. Little League baseball had only recently come to Alvin, and it soon provided the official start to Nolan Ryan's career at Schroeder Field, where he became an all-star for the first time.

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  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs a baseball on the sweet spot and numbers it 1523/5000 to commemorate his 5000th strikeout. Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Rawlings Official American League baseball. He has also numbered this ball "1523/5000" to commemorate his 5000th strikeout. read more...

    Sale Price $127.50

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  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs a baseball on the sweet spot and numbers it 1530/5000 to commemorate his 5000th strikeout. Official Bobby Brown American League Rawlings Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Ryan has numbered this ball "1530/5000" to commemorate his 5000th strikeout. read more...

    Sale Price $255.00

    $300.00

  • NOLAN RYAN American League (Brown) baseball signed in blue ink in the sweet-spot Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Rawlings Official American League baseball, Bobby Brown, President. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $127.50

    $150.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Signed "Official League" baseball Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Signed in black ink in a side panel. Ink note (unknown hand) below imprinting: "Lead Majors in K's %+ seasons." Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $119.00

    $140.00

  • NOLAN RYAN American League (Brown) baseball, signed in blue ink on the sweet-spot. Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Rawlings Official American League Baseball, Bobby Brown, President. Signed in blue ink on the sweet-spot. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $127.50

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  • NOLAN RYAN Baseball signed in blue ink in the sweet spot, sealed in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 10 (a perfect score). Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan". Baseball signed in blue ink in the sweet spot. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. Nolan Ryan (b. read more...

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  • NOLAN RYAN Baseball signed with his Hall of Fame year in the sweet spot, sealed in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 10 (a perfect score). Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan/HOF 99". Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, Allan H. Selig, Commissioner, signed in blue ink in the sweet spot. read more...

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  • NOLAN RYAN Very rare signature "Nolan Ryan The Ryan Express", signed in blue ink on the sweet spot, sealed in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 9.5. Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan The Ryan Express". Rawlings Official Major League baseball, Allan H. read more...

    Sale Price $255.00

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  • NOLAN RYAN Very rare signature "Nolan Ryan The Ryan Express", signed in blue ink on the sweet spot, encased in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 10 (a perfect score!) Baseball signed: "Nolan Ryan/The Ryan Express". Rawlings Official Major League baseball, Allan H. read more...

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  • NOLAN RYAN Classic color image of Ryan pummeling Robin Ventura, 20 years his junior. Ventura had unwisely charged the mound after being hit by a Ryan fastball, starting a bench-clearing brawl. Framed to 15x12 Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 10x8, matted and framed to 15x12. read more...

    Sale Price $720.00

    $900.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Powerful 16x20 photograph showing the Hall of Fame pitcher on the mound with a bloody lip and his Texas Rangers jersey smeared with blood. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan" in blue felt tip, Color 16x20. NOLAN RYAN (b. 1947) dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $297.50

    $350.00

  • NOLAN RYAN All-time Strikeout King. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan/5,714 K's". Color, 8x10. Limited Edition photograph numbered 3391/5000 issued to commemorate his 1999 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fine condition. read more...

    Sale Price $204.00

    $240.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color 20x16 triple-exposure action photograph of Nolan Ryan as a Texas Ranger, pitching the ball. Large Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 20x16. Triple-exposure action photograph of the Hall of Famer as a Texas Ranger, pitching the ball. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $340.00

    $400.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color publicity photograph of Nolan Ryan getting ready to catch a baseball. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 7½x9½. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $425.00

    $500.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color publicity photograph of Nolan Ryan throwing a baseball. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 8x10. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $102.00

    $120.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Publicity photograph of the Hall of Famer in a Texas Rangers uniform throwing a baseball Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 8x10. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $102.00

    $120.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color publicity photograph of Nolan Ryan throwing a baseball. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 8x10. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $102.00

    $120.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color publicity photograph of Nolan Ryan pitching a baseball. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan". Color, 8x10. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $425.00

    $500.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Signed color photo (11x14) celebrating the hurler's 5,000th strikeout Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan/'5,000 K's/8-22-89". Color, 11x14. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $238.00

    $280.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Baseball's greatest strikeout pitcher remembers his first strikeout for the Mets on this 11x14 color photo. Photograph signed: "'1st K'/9-11-66". Color, 11x14. Nolan Ryan, only a tenth round draft pick for the Mets, recorded his first of 5,714 strikeouts on September 11, 1966, as he notes here. read more...

    Sale Price $238.00

    $280.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Color 11x14 photo celebrating the fifth of his seven no-hitters Photograph signed: "'5th No-Hitter/9-26-81/Nolan Ryan". Color, 11x14. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $238.00

    $280.00

  • NOLAN RYAN On this 11x14 color photo, the strikeout king remembers his 383rd strikeout in a season, the modern record. Photograph signed: "'383 K's'/9-27-73/Nolan Ryan". Color, 11x14. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons. read more...

    Sale Price $238.00

    $280.00

  • NOLAN RYAN and PETE ROSE Nolan Ryan and Pete Rose sign a color publicity photograph. Photograph signed: "Nolan Ryan" and "Pete Rose". Color, 8x10, mounted to a 12x15 read more...

    Sale Price $289.00

    $340.00

  • NOLAN RYAN This official limited edition baseball features a printed pencil sketch of the right-handed pitcher Baseball Unsigned: Mennen Major League Baseball Players Alumni “Fotoball”. Features a printed pencil sketch headshot of the Hall of Famer. Also printed on the baseball is his signature and a short biography. read more...

    Sale Price $85.00

    $100.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs a commemorative envelope honoring Lou Gehrig. Envelope signed: "Nolan Ryan", 6½x3½. Commemorative envelope honoring Lou Gehrig, 20-cent Babe Ruth stamp affixed, postmarked Stadium Sta., Bronx, N.Y., June 19, 1984. read more...

    Sale Price $68.00

    $80.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs a commemorative envelope honoring his 5,000th strikeout. Envelope signed: "Nolan Ryan", 6½x3½. Commemorative envelope honoring Ryan's 5,000th strikeout, 25-cent U.S. flag stamp affixed, postmarked Arlington, TX, August 22, 1989. read more...

    Sale Price $68.00

    $80.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs a souvenir glass. Souvenir Glass signed: "Nolan Ryan", 2½-inch diameter, 5¾-inch height. Signed on the glass, over a reproduction of Ryan's Topps baseball card from 1969. read more...

    Sale Price $153.00

    $180.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Plastic mini-statue of the Hall of Famer, created and issued by Southland Plastics, Inc. Numbered 287/1000. Ephemera signed: "Nolan Ryan/287/1000", Plastic mini-statue of the Hall of Famer created and issued by Southland Plastics, Inc., approximately 8 inches tall, numbered 287/1000. Accompanied by a Southland Plastics, Inc. read more...

    Sale Price $170.00

    $200.00

  • NOLAN RYAN Nolan Ryan signs an official Rawlings replica Houston Astros home baseball jersey with sewn letters and numbers. Jersey signed: "Nolan Ryan". Official Rawlings replica Houston Astros home baseball jersey with sewn letters and numbers, size 44, signed in felt tip on front. Nolan "Ryan's Express" Ryan dominated hitters in both American and National Leagues. read more...

    Sale Price $960.00

    $1,200.00

  • NOLAN RYAN The Hall of Fame pitcher signs an Official Rawlings replica Los Angeles Angels jersey in black felt tip on the front. Jersey signed: "Nolan Ryan", Official Rawlings replica Los Angeles Angels jersey with sewn letters and numbers, size 48, signed in felt tip on front. read more...

    Sale Price $960.00

    $1,200.00

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