September 8, 1990. Nolan Ryan took the mound to face the Kansas City Royals. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Bo Jackson led off the second with a line drive straight back towards the mound and into Ryan’s chin. The 43 year-old veteran pitcher recovered in time to throw out the speedy Bo.
With his chin split open and blood streaming down, and his team 16.5 games out of the playoff hunt with 23 left to play, Ryan stepped back onto the mound to throw seven innings that day (one run, three hits, eight strikeouts), keeping the Rangers in the game until a Rafael Palmeiro walkoff double in the ninth.
At the age of 43, Ranger Nolan Ryan no-hits the A’s, 5-0, becoming the oldest player to throw a no-hitter, extending his major league record to six. Ryan becomes the first player to throw one in three different decades and to accomplish the feat for three different teams
Nolan Ryan turns 65 today. The Rangers president pitched for 27 seasons (1968-93) for four different teams - the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers. He retired with a record of 324-292 with a record 5,714 strikeouts. In this 1985 photo, Ryan delivers a pitch during a game against the Cubs. (Getty Images)