Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 27 years and still holds many major league pitching records, some of which are so far beyond previous marks that they are likely to stand for years and generations of pitchers to come. He was most noted for his blazing fastball and his longevity, routinely throwing pitches exceeding 100 mph, even into his forties. The media tagged him with the nickname "The Ryan Express", referencing a 1965 action-adventure film called Von Ryan's Express. He is considered by many to have been the fastest pitcher of all time. Only Smokey Joe Wood, Walter Johnson, and Satchel Paige are thought to have nearly equalled his velocity; the strikeout king to this day..
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