Over the course of his year career, Nolan Ryan won games and struck out an all-time best 5, batters. It was presumably those feats of longevity and performance that made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer and placed him on a short list of the greatest pitchers of all time. Ryan is also remembered, however, for being involved in one of the most memorable brawls in baseball history -- and being someone you absolutely do not want to mess with. On Aug. After Chicago third baseman Robin Ventura hit an RBI single in the first inning on a fastball over the plate, the year-old Ryan was determined to not give him something that good to hit again. So, when Ventura came around again in the third inning, Ryan worked inside and ended up hitting him in the shoulder. After taking a couple steps toward first base, Ventura decided to charge the mound. Almost immediately, it was quite apparent that he would regret that decision:. But like most on-field altercations, this beef didn't begin with the pitch that hit Ventura seconds before he charged the mound.
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This story was originally published on CSNChicago. Today marks the year anniversary of the Robin Ventura-Nolan Ryan fight. It was on this fateful evening that a year-old Ventura charged the mound in Arlington, Texas against year-old Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan, who proceeded to hammer Ventura with an embarrassing array of noogie shots to his head. Even if Ventura had gone on to hit the game-winning home run in a World Series, he might not have been able to top the visuals of this chaotic and surreal melee, easily one of the greatest in baseball history. That summer, the U. Junior Olympic baseball team spent two weeks training in Tyler, Texas. It was a squad comprised of players either going into their senior years in high school or recent draftees who had just graduated.
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