Originally written August 15, 2013 on Metta Chronicles:
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On this day in 1993, Nolan Ryan got his 324th and final victory as the Texas Rangers defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1. Before the 1993 season, Ryan announced his retirement. It would be effective at the end of that season. His high point of the season, at least as far as fans are considered, was the on-the-mound altercation on Aug. 4 with Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox. Ventura charged the mound in order to fight Ryan, who was 20 years his senior. Ryan secured the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock with his left arm, while pummeling Ventura’s head with his right fist six times before catcher Iván Rodríguez was able to pull Ventura away from Ryan. Ryan stated afterwards it was the same maneuver he used on steers he had to brand on his Texas ranch. About a month later, however, Ryan’s historically very durable arm gave out. On September 22, 1993, Ryan tore a ligament in his throwing arm, ending his career a couple starts earlier than planned. Ryan finished his career having played in a MLB-record 27 seasons. He was the final active player from the 1960s to retire from the Majors.   No-hitters Date Result Venue Attendance Time Catcher Home plate umpire Box score May 15, 1973 California Angels 3 at Kansas City Royals 0 Royals Stadium 12,205 2:20 Jeff Torborg Jim Evans [1] July 15, 1973 California Angels 6 at Detroit Tigers 0 Tiger Stadium 41,411 2:21 Art Kusnyer Ron Luciano [2] September 28, 1974 Minnesota Twins 0 at California Angels 4 Anaheim Stadium 10,872 2:22 Tom Egan Art Frantz [3] June 1, 1975 Baltimore Orioles 0 at California Angels 1 Anaheim Stadium 18,492 2:01 Ellie Rodríguez Hank Morgenweck [4] September 26, 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 at Houston Astros 5 Astrodome 32,115 2:46 Alan Ashby Bruce Froemming [5] June 11, 1990 Texas Rangers 5 at Oakland Athletics 0 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 33,436 2:49 John Russell Don Denkinger [6] May 1, 1991 Toronto Blue Jays 0 at Texas Rangers 3 Arlington Stadium 33,439 2:25 Mike Stanley Tim Tschida [7]  
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