Ron Paul and Nolan Ryan

by | May 18, 2016


Reading Chris Rossini’s Tuesday article “Why are Central Banks Loading Up on Gold?” at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, a sentence mentioning former US House Member Ron Paul (R-TX) and baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan jumps out.

Rossini writes:

[Federal Reserve] officials were used to taking softball questions from everyone, and here came Ron Paul with a Nolan Ryan fireball that left them squirming for words.

The sentence jumps out because it provides a good description of Paul’s unique questioning in House Financial Services Committee hearings. It also jumps out because it brings to mind Paul’s January 6, 1999 Congressional Record statement regarding Ryan’s election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the statement, Paul commends Ryan for accomplishments in baseball and as “a true hero of our times, a role-model for our youth, and a man worthy of honor and respect.”

And the admiration was mutual. When Paul successfully sought to return to the House in 1996 after a 10-plus year absence, Ryan was Paul’s honorary campaign chairman.

You can read Paul’s statement here:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay honor to my long-time friend, Nolan Ryan, on the announcement of his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve known Nolan for many years, and I knew him as a kind, generous man who seeks to do what is right and just. It seems there are so few heroes for kids today, especially in athletics, but I can sincerely commend Nolan Ryan as a true hero of our times, a role-model for our youth, and a man worthy of honor and respect.

Nolan was born in Refugio, Texas, a historic town in my congressional district, but he was destined for the national stage. His successful career spanned 27 years, taking him from rural Texas to the dug-outs of the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. He pitched a record seven no-hitter games, but his real fame comes from having pitched 5,714 strikeouts.

Nolan told newspaper reporters yesterday that he never viewed himself as a “hall of famer.” For once, I have to disagree with my friend. He is Hall of Fame material not only for his prowess on the field, but for his strong character and unwavering dedication to his family, his friends, his beliefs, and his God.

I trust all my colleagues join me in congratulating Nolan Ryan.

Paul is the chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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