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A Baseball Life for a Baseball Wife

Updated: Wednesday, July 31 2013, 11:40 PM CDT

Wednesday, the Round Rock Express hosted Baseball 101 for Ladies.

Part of the program included a Q&A session with women of baseball. Ruth Ryan, wife of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, was a panelist. Good call. Because she's been in the game longer than one third Major League teams have been in existence.

"It's been my life and it's been Nolan's life probably since I was 16 years old," Ruth recalled.

But even she had questions when she first met Nolan.

"I didn't know what a baseball draft was," admitted Ruth. I thought he meant the Army because it was during the Vietnam war."

Ruth told us her fondest memory of Nolan's 27 year career came in 1973. Months after having no money and no options, Ryan threw his first no-hitter.

"There was a baseball strike [in 1972] and we ran out of money," said Ruth. "We were ready to leave and go back to Texas. So I said, 'Maybe we can stick it out another week?'. Then the strike was over and he started pitching pretty well."

Ruth married Nolan in 1967 and has been by his side ever since. But in May of this year, she had to pick a side. That's when her oldest son Reid took over as president of the Houston Astros. Nolan, of course, is CEO of the Rangers.

"I actually root for both teams," shared Ruth.

It was a switch for Reid's wife Nicole, too. But she says going from the Astros to the Rangers was more of a change-up than a curve ball, as history made the present much easier.

"When we first started here [Round Rock], we [Express] were an Astros affiliate for a long time," said Nicole. "Also, Nolan was working with the Astros at the time. It still feels like a natural fit."

Both father and son have stayed in the game long after their playing days ended, and made an impact on more than one franchise. And even though Nolan missed out on that other draft, Ruth and Nicole still have some "war stories" to share.

by Adam Winkler
A Baseball Life for a Baseball Wife


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Scores & Schedules

March 06, 2015 08:06 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Thursday's Games

St. Louis 4, Miami 1

N.Y. Yankees 2, Pittsburgh 1

Baltimore (ss) 3, Tampa Bay 2

Houston 6, Philadelphia 3

Atlanta 6, Detroit 4

Chicago Cubs (ss) 2, Oakland 2, tie

Cleveland 9, Cincinnati 3

Kansas City 5, Texas 4

Seattle 9, San Diego 4

San Francisco 8, Chicago Cubs (ss) 6

L.A. Dodgers 6, Chicago White Sox 1

L.A. Angels 3, Milwaukee 2

Arizona 4, Colorado 3

Washington 5, N.Y. Mets 4

Minnesota 9, Boston 8

Baltimore (ss) 5, Toronto 0

Friday's Games

Miami vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. L.A. Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Oakland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 108, Oklahoma City 105

Portland 94, Dallas 75

Friday's Games

Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sacramento at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Denver at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Dallas at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Calgary 4, Boston 3, SO

Dallas 4, Florida 3, SO

Arizona 3, Vancouver 2, SO

Los Angeles 4, Montreal 3, SO

Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 1

Minnesota 2, Washington 1

Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 2

N.Y. Islanders 4, Nashville 3

Friday's Games

Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Calgary at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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