Hall of Fame hurler Nolan Ryan, the principal owner, president and CEO of the Texas Rangers, is the managing partner for Ryan-Sanders Baseball, owners of the Corpus Christi Hooks and Round Rock Express.
Ryan's stake in the Hooks and the Express dates back to the formation of Ryan-Sanders Baseball in 1998. Along with his son Reid, friend and Houston businessman Don Sanders and a group of investors, Ryan purchased the Jackson (Miss.) Generals in May of that year with the intent to eventually move the franchise to Central Texas. That move took place following the 1999 season, and in April of 2000 the Round Rock Express made their Texas League debut as the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
In 2005, Round Rock became a Triple-A franchise with the purchase and relocation of the Edmonton Trappers. That action enabled Ryan-Sanders Baseball to move its Double-A Texas League franchise to Corpus Christi, where in 2012 fans are enjoying an eighth season of Hooks Baseball.
Nolan was named president of the Texas Rangers in February of 2008 and, two years later, formed a group of investors that placed the winning bid to purchase the Rangers. Ryan became the club's principal owner in 2011.
Ryan is the first Hall of Fame player to serve as a major league team president since Christy Mathewson served as president of the Boston Braves in 1925. Nolan pitched for the Rangers from 1989 through 1993, and from 1994 through 2003 served the franchise in the capacity of special assistant to the president.
Ryan's baseball ties to the Lone Star state included 13 years with the Houston Astros - nine as a pitcher (1980-1988) and four as a consultant (2004-2008).
The name Nolan Ryan is synonymous with greatness. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 in his first year of eligibility, Ryan was listed on 98.79 percent of the eligible ballots - a figure which remains the second highest in history. During an illustrious 27-year career in the major leagues, spanning seven Presidential administrations (Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton), Nolan set or eclipsed 53 pitching records, including seven no-hitters and 5,714 career strikeouts.
In April of 1983, Ryan broke Walter Johnson's career mark of 3,508 strikeouts - a record that had stood for 55 years. Ryan's record-breaking strikeout, number 3,509, was of Brad Mills of the Montreal Expos, the same Brad Mills who today manages the Astros.
In his career with the New York Mets, California Angels, Astros and the Rangers, Nolan compiled a 324-292 record with a 3.19 ERA in 807 games and 773 starts. He racked up an astounding 222 complete games and 61 shutouts. Ryan is the only player in major league history to have his number retired by three different teams - the Angels (#30), Astros (#34) and Rangers (#34).
Away from baseball, Nolan is involved with a variety of business and civic organizations. He owns and operates several cattle ranches in South Texas and is an investor in Nolan Ryan's Tender Aged Beef, available as a concession item at both Whataburger Field and The Dell Diamond. Ryan also serves on the boards of directors for the Nolan Ryan Foundation, the Texas Rangers Foundation, the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, the American Breeders Coalition, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Board of Trustees and the Alvin Community College Baseball Scholarship Fund.
Nolan and his wife, Ruth, have two sons - Reid and Reese, one daughter, Wendy, two daughters-in-law, Nicole and Alison, and one son-in-law, Andrew Bivins. Nolan and Ruth also have seven grandchildren: Jackson, Victoria and Ella - Reid and Nicole's children; Caroline and Julia, daughters of Reese and Alison; and Nolan and Lela, Wendy and Andrew's children.
Nolan divides his time between his offices in Arlington and Round Rock and his ranches in Gonzales and McMullen County. Spending time with his family remains one of Nolan's top priorities.