Nolan Ryan | County Tipperary

Full Name: Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr.

Born: January 31, 1947 in Refugio, TX

Irish Roots: Tipperary

Family Name: Ryan

Surname Origins: Anglicized adaptation of the Gaelic surname Ó Riain, meaning “descendant of Rian”. It can also be a shortened form of the Gaelic Ó Maoilriain, meaning “descendant of the follower of Rian”.


  • 324 wins
  • 7 career no-hitters
  • 5,714 strikeouts
  • 2× NL ERA leader (1981, 1987)
  • 11× Strikeout leader (1972–1974, 1976–1979, 1987–1990)
  • 8x All-Star


  • National Baseball Hall of Fame (1999)
  • Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (2011)


The “Ryan Express” traces his Irish ancestry all the way back to John and Sarah Ryan (née Wittenbury) in the early 1700s! Both John and Sarah were born in Tipperary before coming to America! ☘⚾