Sport: An Old-Timer for All Seasons

For Nolan Ryan, 43, it's no hits, no runs -- and no peers

Sport is too often a cruel reminder of life's diminishing returns. Fans watch an aging hitter's creaky swing, or a runner's lethargy on the base paths, or a pitcher's loss of velocity and feel the beer breath of mortality on their own necks. Nolan Ryan, whom sportswriter Thomas Boswell has called "the Act of God," is the wondrous exception to this melancholy rule. The Texas Ranger hurler is 43 years old now, and he has more major league records than candles on his next birthday cake.

Last week, in a 5-0 victory over the World Champion Oakland A's, Ryan pitched the...

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