The Nolan Ryan celebrity doll portrays him as himself, a pitcher for the Texas Rangers. The 12 inch Starting Lineup action figure was made by Hasbro in 1998 in the Major League Baseball™ Cooperstown Collection.
From the box:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL™
POSEABLE FOR DYNAMIC ACTION POSES !
Figure features authentically styled team uniform and equipment,
Many a batter has had his bat reduced to a twig by the great Nolan Ryan! Some say he invented the “fastball”- one of which clocked in at 100.8 mph – but a continuous line of opposing team members walking away from the batter’s box in a daze was as much his trademark as his infamous speed.
Ryan developed his speed and agility throwing balls against the barns around his family’s cattle ranch in Texas. Selected by the New York Mets™ in the eighth round of the 1965 free-agent draft, the 18 year-old Ryan spent two seasons in the minors, then went to the majors in 1968, where he struck out 133 batters in 134 innings in his rookie season. The list of strikeout victims – and his record book – was just beginning to form.
In 1970, Ryan was traded to the California Angels™ in what was to be the worst trade in Mets™ history- and the best thing to happen to Ryan. There he developed a curve and change-up that complemented his power-packed fastball, dubbed “the Ryan-Express.” Needing a change of scenery by 1980, Ryan went to the Houston Astros™ and signed baseball’s first $1 million contract. His stats continured to rewrite the records books. Then in 1989, when it seemed as if there were no more records to break, the 42-year-old Ryan signed with the Texas Rangers™ and proceeded to break his own records.
Ryan finally called it quits in 1993, ending the longest pitching career in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL™. His legacy is matchless, while the smoke of his bastball remains pressed between the pages of time.
Career records and highlights:
– 5714 career strikeouts – the all-time record
-19 stikeouts in a game – four times
-15 strikeouts in a game – six times
-Fanned more than 300 batters in a season , six times
-Struck out over 1500 more batters than the next best pitcher.
-324 career victories – 61 of which were shutouts.
The Nolan Ryan action figure comes wearing the Texas Rangers uniform shirt with tiny white buttons, snap closures and an attached blue neck(dickie) undershirt collar and sleeves. The shirt is decorated with the Rangers logo, MLB logos , number 34, and RYAN letters. The baseball pants have an elastic waist and a gold colored metal buckle and cloth belt. On the feet are baseball cleats with knee-high baseball socks.
The action figure accessories include a Texas Ranger hard plastic baseball cap, a soft rubber pitcher’s glove, and hard plastic baseball. The Nolan Ryan action figure is articulated at wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, shoulders, hips, waist, and neck. Head goes side to side and tilts slightly up and down.