On July 15, 1973, pitching ace, Nolan Ryan, grabbed his second career no hitter as he lead the California Angels to a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Ryan struck 17 batters out in the nine innings he stood on the mound. Five walks stood between him and a perfect game.
Despite being an outstanding player for 27 seasons, Ryan never won an MVP or Cy Young award and only played as an All-Star eight times. He started his career in 1966 with the New York Mets, also playing with the Angels and Houston Astros before retiring with the Texas Rangers. By the end of his career, Ryan won 324 games and accumulated over 5700 strikeouts. He played his last game in 1993 at age 42, watching half of it from the bench after tearing a ligament in his elbow. Ryan was inducted to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and is the only major league player to have his number retired by three different teams.
Ryan demonstrated his talents on the pitchers mound at a young age, making the little league All-Star team at age 11. His enthusiasm for the sport carried him through the rankings and brought him to the big leagues. He underwent emergency double-bypass surgery in 2000 and is currently works as a cattle rancher in Texas alongside working with his wife to promote healthy lifestyles for Americans.