On September 15, 1996, the Texas Rangers retired Nolan Ryan's # 34. This marked the first, and to this date only former Ranger player to have his number retired.
Ryan played for the Rangers for the final five years of his career, from 1989 through 1993. During his time in Texas he became the first pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts when he fanned Rickey Henderson on August 22, 1989. He threw two no hitters as a Ranger, one in June of 1990 against Oakland and one in May of 1991 against the Blue Jays.
Here's what Nolan had to say to the fans about his years as a Ranger:
The five years I spent here were five of the most enjoyable years of my career. And a lot of that had to do with how the fans received me here and how they supported me here. I appreciate that and you'll always be special to me."
Ryan is the only player, besides Jackie Robinson of course, to have his number retired by three teams (Texas, Houston and California.) We've been racking our brains to come up with another player who would warrant having his number retired by three different clubs. We haven't come up with anyone. Can you?