In 1973, Nolan Ryan helped the California Angels beat the KC royals by throwing his first no-hitter. He still holds the record for no-hitters at seven and is tied with Bob Feller for one-hitters, at 12. Ryan was known for his fast pitches – over 100 mph (161km/h) and dynamic 12-6 curveball. His prowess as a pitcher earned him the nickname “The Ryan Express.” Ryan had a lifetime record of 324–292 (.526) and was an eight-time MLB All-Star. He played for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers before retiring in 1993. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 and currently serves as an executive advisor to the Houston Astros.
Today in Sports History: May 15