Nolan Ryan went to the Texas Rangers
planning to pitch one more year to end his Hall of Fame career. It
turned into five seasons on the mound, and so much more.
When Ryan retired in 1993 after two more no-hitters, his 300th
victory and 5,000th strikeout, the Rangers no longer were a
Longtime team broadcaster Eric Nadel says the Rangers gained
legitimacy the day they signed Ryan.
Now with Ryan as their team president and co-owner, the Rangers
are AL West champions and in the playoffs for only the fourth time.
They play Game 1 of the division series Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Ryan became the Rangers president in 2008, then added part-owner
to his title this summer.