Yearbook, Sept. 22: Nolan Ryan's last game

September, 22, 2012
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Sept. 22, 1993: After a ridiculous 27 years, 807 appearances, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters spread across four teams, it had to end. So on this day 19 years ago, Nolan Ryan started and pitched in his last game.

It was an unmemorable one; a Texas Ranger, he faced just six Seattle Mariners batters and didn't make an out while walking four and giving up five runs. But it didn't mean his career in contributing to baseball -- or to baseball in North Texas, for that matter -- was over. He's doing rather well as Rangers CEO.

Nolan Ryan while with the New York Mets in the 1969 World SeriesFocus on Sport/Getty ImagesRyan while with the New York Mets in the 1969 World Series.
Nolan Ryan with the California Angels during his no-hitter in 1973.AP Photo/Richard SheinwaldRyan with the California Angels during his no-hitter in 1973.
Nolan Ryan after his no-hitter with the California Angels in 1973.AP Photo/RasRyan after his no-hitter with the California Angels in 1973.
Nolan Ryan during a no-hitter while with the Houston Astros in 1981AP Photo/Ed KolenovskyRyan during a no-hitter while with the Houston Astros in 1981.
Nolan Ryan during his stint with the Texas RangersRon Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesRyan during his stint with the Texas Rangers.
Nolan Ryan after his no-hitter in 1990 against the Oakland AthleticsGetty ImagesRyan after his no-hitter in 1990 against the Oakland Athletics.
Nolan Ryan celebrated by fans in 2011AP Photo/Sharon EllmanRyan being celebrated by fans in 2011.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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