06/01/12 11:34 PM ET
No-no king Ryan reflects on Mets' historic first
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Johan Santana finally did it on Friday night in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals at Citi Field -- on the very same day Ryan also threw his fourth and final no-hitter as an Angel on June 1, 1975, against the Orioles.
Ryan began his career with the Mets in 1969, but was traded to the Angels after the '71 season.Ryan's highlight with the Mets was pitching in his only World Series. He saved Game 3 of the 1969 World Series in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Orioles. The Mets traded Ryan, pitcher Don Rose, catcher Frank Estrada and outfielder Leroy Stanton to the Angels for six-time All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi. "The Mets got him with a need and a purpose of putting him at third base ... thinking they'd fill a hole they had," Ryan said. "And the Angels at that time were looking to fill a hole that they had and obviously looking for people with some upside. There were four of us who came over from the Mets. As that deal turned out for them, it turned out pretty well."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.