On August 4, 1993, Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan plunked Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura. After being hit by the pitch, Ventura charged the 46-year-old Ryan who caught Ventura in a headlock and punched him in the head six times before being separated. The benches cleared and several smaller fights broke out. Ventura was ejected, while Ryan was allowed to stay in the game.
Ryan had announced before that 1993 season that it would be his last and would retire after the season completed. Just over a month later, Ryan tore a ligament in his pitching arm which effectively ended his career before the season ended. Ryan, of course, is one of the most famous pitchers of all time. His career spanned four decades and he went on into the Hall of Fame. He is now the owner, CEO and team president of the Texas Rangers.
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