Nolan Ryan Biography

April 5, 2020
First published on:April 5, 2020
by Ramin

Facts of Nolan Ryan

Birth Name Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr.
Birth Place Refugio, Texas, United States
Famous Name Nolan Ryan
Birth Date 31 January 1947
Horoscope Aquarius
Net Worth $60 million
House Location Cimarron Hills community in Georgetown
Height 6' 2''
Weight 88 Kg
Profession Baseball Player, CEO,
School attended Alvin High School
Married to Ruth Ryan
Children Reid Ryan, Reese Ryan and Wendy Ryan

With a 5,714 career strikeout and 7 seasons no-hitters career, Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. aka The Ryan Express is an American former Major League Baseball Pitcher and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Ranger, and the Houston Astros. He attended Alvin High School where he met his future wife. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1965 MLB Draft. His MLB debut was on 11 September 1966 and his last appearance was on 22 September 1993 after playing for nearly 27 years. For his incredible performance, he has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 with incredible voting of 98.8% in the first ballot. 

Lynn was born on 31 January 1947 under the star sign Aquarius. He was born in Refugio, Texas, United States. During his active career, hitters were afraid to stand on the plate for his pitch. Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson once spoke in an interview that they were afraid of hitting his pitch which travelled at 100.9 miles per hour.    

Nolan Ryan Net Worth in 2020: First person to receive a million-dollar contract in Astros 

The 73-years-old has a long history in the Major League Baseball. During his entire career, he has played for four teams: Mets, Angels, Astros, and Rangers making him the first player to play in all the four original expansion team. 

Coming to his contracts, his salary in the New York Jets and California are reported to be around $250,000-300,000 according to various sources. However, that wasn't the case in his latter contract with the Astros and the Rangers. 

Years Team
1966, 1968-1971 New York Mets 
1972-1979  California Angels
1980-1986 Houston Astros
1989-1993 Texas Rangers

The contract with the Houston Astros was one of the legendary contact in baseball history making him the highest-paid player of the decade playing alongside Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens by signing a Four-years, $4.5 million dollar contract on 19 November 1979. He was the first player to receive a million-dollar salary in a single year.

Nolan Ryan for the Rangers SOURCE: IMDB

Not only in Astros but the Ryan Express reportedly earned $2 million annually in the Texas Rangers. After retiring from baseball, Ryan has indulged himself in many occupations.  

Nolan is the principal owner of the Ryan Sanders Sports and Entertainment which established in 1998. He partnered with Dan Sanders who manages 38 offices worldwide and handles over $18 Billion in assets. 

Among his other interests, Ryan has co-written six books:   

  • Autobiography "Miracle Man" (with Jerry Jenkins, 1992), 
  • Throwing Heat (with Harvey Frommer, 1988),
  • The Road to Cooperstown (with Mickey Herskowitz and T.R. Sullivan, 1999); 
  • Kings of the Hill (with Mickey Herskowitz, 1992),
  • Pitching and Hitting (with Joe Torre and Joel Cohen, 1977) about contemporary pitchers; and instructional books, and 
  • Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible (with Tom House, 1991)

In addition, he was also the majority owner and chairman of Express Bank of Alvin until 2005. He owned a restaurant in Three Rivers, Texas and served as the Wildlife Commission from 1995 to 2001. Nolan also appeared as a Spokesperson for Advil for several years and has appeared in several television commercials as well.   

On February 2008, he became the President of the Rangers and in 2009 along with Chuck Greenberg, they submitted a bid to purchase the Rangers from Owner Tom Hicks. They gained ownership of the Rangers on 5 August 2010 for a final bid of $385 million.  

After Greenberg left his position of President in March 2011, Nolan became the CEO of the Rangers while keeping his position of President. He stepped down from his position as CEO and President on 31 October 2013. He then was called by the Houston Astros for the position of executive advisor where his son Reid Ryan was the president. After the Astros demoted his son from his position, he sent a mail to the Astros indicating that he wouldn't attend the 2020 season. He stayed with the Astros until 2019.

Nolan Ryan, 73, is a motivational figure in the baseball industry and one of the notable figures in the world with an estimated net worth of $60 million. He has been living a luxurious life with his wife in Cimarron Hills community in Georgetown.      

Married his High School Sweetheart

The Pitcher for the Rangers is married to his high school sweetheart Ruth Ryan formerly Ruth Holdorff. Shortly after graduating at Alvin High School, the couple tied the knot on 25 June 1967. Ruth Played Tennis during her high school career and was a state champion.

Nolan Ryan with Wife Ruth Ryan SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

Together, they have been blessed with three children, Reid Ryan, Reese Ryan and Wendy Ryan who are all grown into wonderful adults and have started their own journey into life. Reid Ryan was announced to be the president of the Houston Astros on 17 May 2013.  

Currently, the couple resides in the Cimarron Hills community in Georgetown, a suburb of Austin which was roughly valued at $2 million in 2008. 

Nolan Ryan MLB Stats 

Win-loss Record 324-292
Earned Ru Average 3.19
Strikeouts 5,714
Games Played  807
Games Started 773
Complete Game 222
Homerun 321
Shutouts  61
Innings Pitched  5386
Hit 3923
Earned Run 1911
Base on Ball (walk) 2795
Wild Pitch 277
Hit by Pitch 158

Nolan Ryan Rookie Card: Worth 600,000 Value

A collective item which was created in 1968 from the Topps set labelled #177 features Nolan Ryan alongside Jerry Koosman which is known as the Rookie Card of both players. It is by far one of the most valuable cards in the collection. 

Nolan Ryan Rookie Card SOURCE: PSA cards

Coming to its value, the price is based on the PSA grade. An undamaged PSA Grade 5 card will guarantee $300-400 dollars. A near-perfect card which gets a PSA Grade 9 will easily be valued at $20-30 Thousand dollars.   

There were a total of 8000 productions and one card has graded "Gem Mint 10" in 2016 and was sold in an auction for $600,000.     

Career Highlights and Awards

  • 8× All-Star (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1989)
  • World Series champion (1969)
  • 2× NL ERA leader (1981, 1987)
  • 11× Strikeout leader (1972–1974, 1976–1979, 1987–1990)
  • Los Angeles Angels No. 30 retired
  • Houston Astros No. 34 retired
  • Texas Rangers No. 34 retired
  • Angels Hall of Fame
  • Houston Astros Hall of Fame
  • Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
  • Major League Baseball All-Century Team

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