He won 324 games and threw seven no-hitters but he'll always be remembered for one letter: K. Ryan's 5,714 strikeouts are tops among all pitchers. He later switched to No. 34 (retired by the Astros and Rangers) after leaving California.
Runner-up: Martin Brodeur
Worthy of consideration:Terrell Davis and Ken Griffey Jr.
Photo: John G. Zimmerman/SI