(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Hall of Fame pitching great Nolan Ryan, nicknamed the "Ryan Express." He played for 27 seasons, won 324 games, and was on the All-Star Team eight times.
Birth date: January 31, 1947
Major League Baseball pitcher for 27 seasons, with the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers.
June 1965 - Ryan is the 226th pick in the twelfth round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the New York Mets.