The Meaning of Nolan Ryan – Who is Nolan Ryan? Might as well ask who is America. After twenty-seven major league seasons in the limelight, the man who has been called the “last true sports hero” stands as a national phenomenonâ€“a phenomenon whose media portrayal tells America something important about itself.
Even with more than fifty major league records there’s more to Ryan. There’s the image. And the business.
In this fascinating analysis of Ryan’s career and the media hype surrounding it, Nick Trujillo examines his significance as a sports hero and celebrity in American culture.