A Texas country boy, Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. is just reaching his prime as a pitcher. Still, he's already tossed four no-hit games in addition to breaking Sandy Koufax's major league strike-out record in 1973. A part of the Amazin' Mets '69 Championship Season, Ryan experienced control problems and was traded to the California Angels two years later. The ""straight and religious"" hurler has since developed into the most overpowering chucker in recent history--clocked at over 107 miles per hour--besides being the American League's biggest gate attraction. Author Libby warms up to the night Nolan notched his record-setting 383rd ""K."" You won't get burned.