Sport A 46-Year-Old Nolan Ryan Beat the Snot Out of Robin Ventura 27 Years Ago Today

01:30  05 august  2020
01:30  05 august  2020 Source:   thebiglead.com

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The 46 - year - old KO King was appearing in his 801st game in the final season of his legendary career. White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura knocked a single off of Ryan in the first inning. So Ryan went inside on the 26- year - old hitter, reminder: this was Nolan Ryan ’s 27 th season in his

Twenty - seven years ago , on Aug. 4, 1993, the Texas Rangers met the Chicago White Sox at Arlington Stadium. In the top of the third inning, 26- year - old Robin Ventura gets plunked by Nolan Ryan immediately grabs the young Ventura , dishing out tough love in the form of a head lock and fist gumbo.

It's been 27 years since one of my favorite moments in baseball history. On August 4, 1993, Robin Ventura charged the mound against a 46-year-old Nolan Ryan and got beaten to a pulp.

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I vividly remember the day this happened. The replay was shown all over television. An all-time great pitcher known for his toughness beat the tar out of a guy two decades younger. Who wouldn't love that story? Just for a fun note before we get started: Ryan made his major league debut in 1966. Ventura was born in 1967.

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Today marks the 22- year anniversary of the Robin Ventura - Nolan Ryan fight. GLENDALE, Ariz. It was on this fateful evening that a 26- year - old Ventura charged the mound in Arlington, Texas against 46 - year - old Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan , who proceeded to hammer Ventura with an embarrassing

However, the 46 - year - old didn't just decide to brush him off the plate. Instead, he beaned Ventura on the shoulder. The White Sox star, after initially indicating that he Ventura didn't even stand a chance against Ryan , who actually looked like he wasn't even trying to be as dominant as he was in this brawl.

Ryan was in the final year of his career in 1993 and would wind up limping to a 5-5 record with a 4.88 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 40 strikeouts over 66.1 innings. He didn't have it on the mound anymore, but clearly he was still tough as nails.

On the night of August 4, Ryan's Texas Rangers were hosting the Chicago White Sox. In the top of the 3rd inning, Ventura stepped into the box and Ryan hit him in the back with a fastball. Ventura took a few steps towards first base, then sprinted at the old man on the mound. It was a move he'd live to regret.

Here's what happened:

Ryan just put him in a headlock and started waling away. It's so great. He pummeled Ventura mercilessly. Baseball fights are usually terrible, this one was not.

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— Ryan plunks Ventura . — Ventura charges the mound. — Ryan , 46 , immediately put Ventura , 25, in a headlock and pounds away. — Ventura must live with this forever. Don't mess with the Texan.

But it was 24 years ago Friday that the Ryan Express immortalized himself -- and it didn’t have much to do with his pitching that day. On August 4, 1993, the 46 - year - old Ryan drilled Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura in the elbow with a fastball. Ventura then made a decision he undoubtedly

To add insult to injury, Ventura was ejected while Ryan was allowed to stay in the game. He wound up going seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs and taking home the win. That's right. He pitched four more innings after caving Ventura's face in.

Nolan Ryan had a phenomenal 27-year-career during which he became MLB's all-time strikeouts leader and threw a record seven no-hitters. While that's all great, I think he'll be most remembered for rearranging Robin Ventura's face in 1993.

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