Nolan Ryan, who got his pro baseball start with a team from Marion, was named to the inaugural class of the Appalachian League hall of fame on Wednesday.
All seven members of the class have already been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Ryan began his pro career in the Appalachian League in 1965 as a member of the Marion Mets. He won three games and struck out 115 batters in 13 games with Marion. He went on to strike out 5,714 batters in his major league career.
The other members of the class are Cal Ripken Jr., who played for the Bluefield Orioles in 1978; Eddie Murray, who played for the Bluefield Orioles in 1973; Greg Maddux, who pitched for the Pikeville Cubs in 1984; the late Kirby Puckett, who played for the Elizabethton Twins in 1982; Jim Thome, who played for the Burlington Indians in 1990; and Alan Trammell, who played for the Bristol Tigers in 1976.