MAN STUFF: 20 Incredibly Badass Athlete Moments

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 9.34.35 AMNolan Ryan Takes Line Drive to Face, Doesn’t Care

The Ryan Express would be damned if a little baseball-in-the-face ever slowed him down.

Texas Rangers great Nolan Ryan was hit by a Bo Jackson line-drive early in a game on Sept. 8, 1990.

The ball cracked off Jackson’s bat, took a hard skip off the infield and slammed Ryan square in the mouth. And when some men might have lost their head, Ryan calmly picked up the ball, threw Jackson out at first and continued pitching and spitting blood on his shirt until the 7th inning.

Level of Badassity: Nacho-flavored Altoids.

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