Nolan Ryan pic with no hitter baseballs

Nolan Ryan threw four of his record seven no-hitters during his tenure with the California Angels from 1972-79. His fastball was fastball was measured to at 100.9 miles per hour by Rockwell International on August 20, 1974, at the time it was a record for the fastest pitch.                                                    (Photo National Baseball Hall of Fame)   

Alvin Museum Society is excited to announce the grand opening of the Nolan Ryan Exhibit.

They will be hosting a grand opening event on April 8th at the Alvin Historical Museum from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with guest speakers and admission is free.

The public is invited to the opening ceremony, and to take a tour of the exhibit highlighting Ryan's career and life.

The exhibit features many significant items and memorabilia now-closed Nolan Ryan Center at Alvin Community College.  

Although the $1.2 million center closed in 2016, and a large part of its collection was transferred to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, some items were given to the Alvin Historical Museum.

Those items form the core of the new exhibit, which has been in development for months.

"Our volunteers have been working for over a year to set up the major exhibit for the public to enjoy, said Donna Starkey, vice president of Alvin Museum Society.

While the items from the center are a key element of the collection, they aren't the only things on view.

The exhibit will feature items from private collectors that document both Ryan's amateur and professional careers.

Of special note to Alvin residents, will be mementos from including items from Ryan’s storied high school years.

 While pitching for the Alvin High School Yellowjacksts, Ryan's devastating fastball helped him put up head-turning numbers. The famed "Ryan Express" was a key reason why the 1965 jackets baseball  team went to the state championship.

Over the course of his senior year, Ryan had a 19-3 record  with 12 complete games and 211 strikeouts.

As part of the festivities surrounding the launch of the permanent exhibit, the Alvin Museum Society will hold an online silent auction.    

The society will be selling "a few Nolan Ryan items that were donated," according to Starkey.

 The auction will be open the day of the event and run for a few weeks. Items can be viewed online or in person at the museum.

There will also be several giveaway items at the grand opening, as well as an opportunity for attendees to enter for a chance to win Astros Tickets.

For more information about the Alvin Historical Museum visit alvinmuseum.org and to learn more about the grand opening on the society's Facebook page.

There will also be several giveaway items at the grand opening, as well as an opportunity for attendees to enter for a chance to win Astros Tickets.

For more information about the Alvin Historical Museum visit alvinmuseum.org and to learn more about the grand opening on the society's Facebook page. All vaccine health protocols will be observed. Patrons will be required to wear masks while inside the museum.

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