Still bringing the heat at 41, Nolan Ryan was in his 22nd Major League season in 1988 but was anything but finished. Not only did he post a league-high 228 strikeouts that year, but he still had five more seasons, two additional strikeout titles and 939 Ks left in that lethal right arm! This Houston Astros alternate jersey was issued to and autographed by Ryan during that 1988 campaign. The cream-colored knit pullover garment features twill identifiers and proper “Wilson” tagging. Ryan has signed the left front in black marker (“8-9” strength). Light wear is evident. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema (for game use) and auction LOA from JSA (for autograph). More on our website.
The cream-colored knit pullover garment features “Astros” sewn across the chest in blue-on-white twill and a five-point star sewn just below in like fashion. On the back, Ryan’s since-retired number “34” is sewn in blue-in-white twill, while “RYAN” is arched on a nameplate just above in solid blue twill block-style characters. Blue stretch ribbed knit lines the V-neck, a knit multi-color stripe pattern lines the shoulders and blue trim lines the sides. On the left front tail, a “Rawlings” size “44” label is accompanied by a “SET 1 1988” flap tag. The all-original gamer exhibits evidence of light wear. In his full photo LOA, jersey expert Dave Miedema cites that Ryan generally wore “W.A. Goodman & Sons” jerseys. Both “Rawlings” and “W.A. Goodman & Sons” supplied Houston Astros uniforms in 1988. Though there is a possibility that Ryan wore this in game action, Miedema states that due to Ryan’s history of wearing “W.A. Goodman & Sons” uniforms, he will only certify it as game-issued. In any case, it’s a historically significant piece as a garment from Ryan’s final season with the Astros (the team with which he had the longest tenure) and a Houston gamer from the last season of the style (the club switched to button-down jerseys in 1989).