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Nolan Ryan

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Date
1994-1997
Object number
NPG.97.35
Exhibition Label
With a fastball that topped 100 miles per hour and an equally devastating curve, hurler Nolan Ryan bedeviled batters in both leagues over the course of twenty-seven years in the majors. Drafted by the Mets in 1965, Ryan helped the New York ball club to its first World Series championship in 1969, but was later traded to the California Angels after struggling with his control. The move agreed with Ryan. His earned run average dropped, his strikeout numbers soared, and he astonished the baseball world by pitching four no-hitters in three years (1973-75). Ryan went on to play nine seasons with the Houston Astros before rounding out his career with the Texas Rangers. By the time he retired in 1993, Ryan not only had a total of seven no-hitters to his credit but owned the all-time strikeout record with 5,714.
Provenance
The artist; gift 1997 to NPG
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ruth Munson
Artist
Ruth Munson, born 1948
Sitter
Nolan Ryan, born 31 Jan 1947
Topic
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball
Exterior\Sports arena\Baseball stadium
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball glove
Nolan Ryan: Male
Nolan Ryan: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball\Pitcher
Portrait
Place
United States\Texas\Harris\Houston
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 91.4 x 71.1 x 1.9cm (36 x 28 x 3/4")
Frame: 95.3 x 74.9 x 5.1cm (37 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 2")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44d5ef85a-3ab8-425c-b505-559f9321e4d6
Record ID
npg_NPG.97.35

Nolan Ryan

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