Ryan-Ventura throwdown

One of my favorite sports memories happened on this day 10 years ago. It was when Robin Ventura charged the mound after being beaned by Nolan Ryan. It was 1993 and Nolan was going to be retiring at the end of the season. In a game against the Chicago White Sox, Nolan beaned Ventura. For some reason, Ventura charged the mound. The ensuing “fight” was one of baseball legend. Ventura ran straight into a Nolan Ryan headlock and 5 punches to the top of the head, due to the benches clearing that was all we could see of the direct altercation between the two.

Every time I see that picture I smile, and word on the street is that is the most common photograph that Nolan autographs.

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