Combine a 27-year, Hall of Fame baseball career with more than 45 years of savvy business approaches and the roots of Ryan-Sanders Baseball begin to take root. Today, the group is comprised of more than 60 minority shareholders, many of them former professional baseball players.
Established by Nolan Ryan, Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout king, his son, Reid and Houston businessman Don Sanders, who first ventured into securities in 1959, Ryan-Sanders baseball laid down its foundation in Round Rock when it purchased the Jackson Generals and moved the team to Texas for the 2000 season.
With Reid Ryan serving as Ryan-Sanders Baseball's Founder and Chief Executive Officer, the Double-A Round Rock Express, affiliates of the Houston Astros, broke the Texas League single-season attendance record in its first season, grabbing the league championship along the way.
Over the next four seasons, the Round Rock Express continually drew more fans and appeared in the playoffs on three more occasions. In 2003, Ryan-Sanders Baseball purchased the Triple-A Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League and moved the team to Round Rock for the 2005 season.
The Express moved its Double-A affiliation to Corpus Christi as both teams remained under the Ryan-Sanders Baseball umbrella. The pair also made the Houston Astros only the second active team in Major League baseball to have its Major League, Triple-A and Double-A teams within the same state.
The Corpus Christi Hooks went on to give Ryan-Sanders Baseball its second Texas League championship in 2006, the same season Round Rock appeared in its first Pacific Coast League championship.
In September of 2010, the Round Rock Express signed a four-year player development agreement with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club to take effect for the 2011 season, ending their 11-year affiliation with the Houston Astros.