ANAHEIM -- Nolan Ryan threw a record seven no-hitters in his career. He threw at least one with three of the four teams he pitched for over 27 years.
The Mets were the only team left out of the no-hit parade. On Friday, Ryan expressed amazement that the Mets had to wait 50 years before finally having one of their pitchers throw a no-hitter.
"To me, it was phenomenal if you look at the history of their organization and the type of pitching they had at times, plus the fact they had pitchers throw no-hitters with other clubs," Ryan said while watching the Rangers play the Angels.
Johan Santana finally did it on Friday night in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals at Citi Field -- on the very same day Ryan also threw his fourth and final no-hitter as an Angel on June 1, 1975, against the Orioles.
Ryan began his career with the Mets in 1969, but was traded to the Angels after the '71 season.
Ryan's highlight with the Mets was pitching in his only World Series. He saved Game 3 of the 1969 World Series in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Orioles. The Mets traded Ryan, pitcher Don Rose, catcher Frank Estrada and outfielder Leroy Stanton to the Angels for six-time All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi.
"The Mets got him with a need and a purpose of putting him at third base ... thinking they'd fill a hole they had," Ryan said. "And the Angels at that time were looking to fill a hole that they had and obviously looking for people with some upside. There were four of us who came over from the Mets. As that deal turned out for them, it turned out pretty well."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.