#30: Nolan Ryan
When it comes to pitching, few baseball players have numbers that rival Nolan Ryan’s!
For starters, Ryan’s career is the longest-lasting in the history of baseball which spanned 4 decades (60’s through 90’s) and lasted a total of 27 years! During that stretch, Ryan pitched for the NY Mets, Houston Astros, California Angels and Texas Rangers with the last three organizations retiring Ryan’s number! Here’s some other numbers of note: Ryan’s 5,714 strikeouts is a MLB record that will probably never be duplicated, he had more strikeouts over his career than innings pitched, and he is the all-time leader in no-hitters (7).
Weirdly, Nolan Ryan NEVER won a Cy Young Award despite his prowess from the mound!