VIDEO: Remembering When Nolan Ryan Threw a Blazing Fastball Ceremonial First Pitch at 66 Years Old
By Zach Brunner
Nolan Ryan is one of the most impressive pitchers of all time, shown by his number being retired on three different teams. He had a blazing fastball back in his day, but he proved back in 2010 that he can still let it rip, when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the ALCS.
The then-Texas Rangers president took the mound to throw out the first pitch of the 2010 ALCS. While many people in a similar situation just hope to get it into the catcher's mitt, Ryan put some heat on it, delivering the ball right over the plate.
Not bad for anyone, but it is especially impressive for the 66-year-old former pitcher. I suppose when you spend nearly three decades doing something at a professional level, it becomes second nature. But to have the physical ability to do it at that level still is what was impressive.
Ryan began his MLB career back in 1966 with the New York Mets, then played all the way to 1993, where he finished his career with the Rangers. He is an eight-time All-Star and an 11-time strikeout leader, as shown by the strike he threw in 2010.
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