Don’t know why it took so long, but here’s a “nickname” card for all-time legend Nolan Ryan, the “Ryan Express”, who was starting a run like no other by the time this 1974 card would have been issued:
What really needs to be said about a guy who has become more myth than baseball legend?
300+ wins, 5700+ strikeouts, 60+ shutouts, and oh yeah SEVEN no-hitters,
two of which came when he was well into his 40’s while with the Texas
I used the 1974 template since he was fresh off his record-breaking 383
strikeout season of 1973, his second consecutive 300+ strikeout season,
and on his way to make the Mets regret BIG TIME for letting him go.
I love thinking about the fact that he did all of this in the American
League, with the designated hitter. Now imagine how many strikeouts he
could have had in his prime pitching in the National League where the
Would it be safe to say you could add 20-30 strikeouts a season to his total?
Hey, you never know…
Nevertheless, the man became a baseball God, eventually finding his
place in the Hall of Fame upon his first year of eligibility as an
I just thank the skies above that I got to see him pitch in-person!