Nolan buys his first calf for $1.00
Nolan officially became a rancher at the age of 10, when he bought his first calf, which he bottle-fed by hand.
Nolan begins playing
Nolan’s teenage years were dominated by competitive sports. He excelled not only in baseball, but football and basketball too. This meant he had to make a difficult decision to sell his cattle, but his passion for ranching continued.
Nolan and Ruth buy their
first Texas ranch
Although Nolan and Ruth were constantly traveling for baseball, they always came home to Texas in between. So after Nolan won the World Series in 1969 with the New York Mets, he bought his first ranch in South Texas.
Nolan begins to
cattle ranch professionally
During the off-season, Nolan worked hard not only training for baseball but also on the ranch, working with the animals he loved. Dedicated on and off the mound, Nolan took his ranching operation seriously and studied while on the road between games.
Nolan launches Nolan Ryan Beef®
After baseball, Nolan partnered with a few other master cattle ranchers to launch Nolan Ryan Beef. The brand has been producing high-quality Texas beef for 20 years and can be found in Kroger supermarkets across Texas and Louisiana, as well as in many professional baseball stadiums around the state of Texas.
Nolan is presented the
Golden Spur Award
After 38 years of professionally ranching cattle, Nolan was presented the Golden Spur Award from the Ranching Heritage Association, which recognizes leadership and exceptional service to the ranching community.
Nolan launches Goodstock by Nolan Ryan
Now, after 47 years of experience cattle ranching, Nolan has created a new kind of retail experience by opening a boutique butcher shop in Round Rock. The shop is a place where locals feel warm and welcome, out-of-town visitors feel inspired, and Nolan himself feels at home.