Nolan Ryan’s career timeline with the Rangers

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Dec. 7, 1988: Signs as a free agent right-handed pitcher with the Texas Rangers.

Aug. 22, 1989: Strikes out Oakland’s Rickey Henderson at Arlington Stadium for his 5,000th career strikeout.

June 11, 1990: Throws sixth no-hitter of his career, against Oakland.

July 31, 1990: Earns 300th career victory, against Milwaukee.

May 1, 1991: Throws seventh no-hitter of his career, against Toronto.

Sept. 12, 1993: Pitches in his final game at Arlington Stadium on “Nolan Ryan Appreciation Day.”

Sept. 22, 1993: Throws final pitch of 27-year career with the Rangers in Seattle. Went 51-39 with a 3.30 ERA and 939 strikeouts over 129 starts in final five seasons with Texas.

Sept. 15, 1996: Team retires his uniform number (34), the first retired number in franchise history.

July 25, 1999: Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and is the first player to don a Rangers cap on his plaque.

Aug. 2, 2003: Enters Rangers Hall of Fame as part of inaugural class along with Charlie Hough, Johnny Oates and Jim Sundberg.

Feb. 6, 2008: Joins organization as team president, just the third Hall of Fame team president in major league history.

Aug. 12, 2010: Part of group, Rangers Baseball Express LLC, which completes its purchase of organization in a bankruptcy deal for $593 million.

Oct. 22, 2010: With Ryan part of team brass, Rangers reach their first World Series.

March 11, 2011: Named CEO, along with keeping title of team president, after Chuck Greenberg leaves organization.

Oct. 15, 2011: Rangers reach second consecutive World Series with Ryan as CEO and president.

March 1, 2013: Jon Daniels named president of baseball operations and Rick George is named president of business operations, which strips Ryan of his president title and leaves him solely as CEO. Ryan, unsure of his new role, contemplates stepping down.

April 10, 2013: Ryan and co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson issue statements saying Ryan will remain with organization.

Oct. 17, 2013: The 66-year-old Ryan announces he is resigning from his CEO role, and sells his ownership stake in team. Says he will not be CEO of another MLB team.

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