37. Nolan Ryan
Three separate MLB franchises retired Ryan’s jersey numbers after he retired because he had such a powerful influence upon their fortunes. One of the greatest players of his generation, he entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He also spent time in the military during the Vietnam war, but the Army never deployed him overseas. However, it impacted his time with the Mets in a bad way.
The all-time leader in no-hitters, Ryan was a magnificent player during a golden era for the sport. He was also an eight-time All-Star and an 11-time strikeout leader. Very few of his fellows established a playing record as impressive as he achieved. Finally, Ryan has the most strikeouts in MLB history and has a massive lead over Randy Johnson who sits hundreds behind him.