The installation moved its content to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco in 2016, meaning Alvin no longer had a museum-style exhibit in honor of his favorite son.
That changed when the Alvin Historical Museum opened its Nolan Ryan exhibit earlier this year.
“We have been working on this exhibit for a little over two years,” said Tom Stansel of the Alvin Museum Society. “Nolan Ryan and his family are very important to this community.”
The collection consists of items that have not been transferred to Waco. But the Ryan family wanted to make sure the exhibit had access to never-before-seen artifacts.
“We mainly worked with Ruth Ryan,” Stansel said. “I had boxes of photos she sent me.”
There are baseball items like the jersey Nolan wore in his last game, gifts he received for winning the 1969 World Series with the New York Mets, and the home plate he threw in Little. League.
The exhibit also details his youth at Alvin, his time in the military, and even his famous training regimen that saw Ryan play baseball into his forties.
Stansel hopes that everything in the exhibit comes together to tell the main story the museum is trying to tell.
“We try to emphasize his character,” Stansel explained. “That’s what’s important to us – to him and his family.”
You can find out more about the exhibit, as well as the Alvin Historical Museum, by visiting AlvinMuseum.org.
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