Nolan Ryan
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Nolan Ryan made just one World Series appearance in his legendary 27-year career, but he made it count winning the 1969 World Series with the New York Mets.

A member of the famed “Miracle Mets,” Ryan played 25 games with the club. Then, he pitched 2 1/3 innings and picked up the save in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series, which the Mets won in five games against the Baltimore Orioles.

Though that memory must be sweet, Ryan has opted not to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of that World Series victory, giving no reason for the decision.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com notes that Ryan had previously planned to attend.

Ryan, 72, is now an executive adviser to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane after spending six years as the President of the Texas Rangers from 2008-2013.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.