Ryan’s last win

On August 15, 1993, Nolan Ryan won the 324th and final win  of his career, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians. The game was played at Cleveland Stadium.

The game gave Ryan seven successful innings. There were two hits, two walks and one run scored while he was on the mound. He was relieved by Craig Lefferts for part of the eighth. Tom Henke was brought into the game with one out to go in the eighth and was credited with the save. The losing pitcher was Jose Mesa.

The right-hander finished his career ranked 14th in number of wins, tied with Don Sutton who spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan announced his plans to retire after the ’93 season. His 27th and final season was cut short though. He tore a ligament in his throwing arm in an away game on Sept. 22 in a game against the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan is the only baseball player, other than Jackie Robinson, to have his number retired by more than two teams. In 1992 the Los Angeles Angles retired the number 30. Both the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers retired the number 34 in 1996. He is the only player who had his number retired by the Rangers. He was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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