Baseball is a game with many memorable teams that fans grow up with and are loyal to all their life. The Texas Rangers is one of these teams. The famed law enforcement agency based in Austin, Texas and known as the Texas Rangers is where the team got their name from. The Texas Rangers, a part of the American League's West Division, have an interesting past and many talented players.
The ball club started in 1961. At that time they were known as the Washington Senators. The Senators were notoriously bad and would lose up to 90 games in a season. They were plagued by a lot of terrible decision-making and bad planning. When Ted Williams was hired as manager, he helped the Senators a lot for a few years. The Senator's success was short-lived, and with financial trouble and questionable trades, they were back on bottom. The general manager jumped at the chance to play in Arlington, Texas, and 1971 was the beginning of the Rangers.
Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, and Nolan Ryan all were Rangers who made it into the hall of fame among others. In fact, Nolan Ryan's number 34 is retired because of his impressive career. Ted Williams was the manager of the Senators for three years. He was a hall of fame player who had an impressive career batting average and who hit over 500 home runs. Charlie Hough was a Texas Ranger who struck out an impressive 1,452 batters. Kenny Rogers has the distinction of pitching a perfect game for the Rangers. The first Ranger to hit three home runs in one game was Willie Horton.
The players of the Rangers have grabbed many golden glove awards including Jim Sundberg and Iván Rodríguez. The Rangers have also had their fair share of MVPs. Jeff Burroughs, Alex Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez all were given this distinction. Buck Showalter has been honored with Manager of the Year while Neftali Feliz and Mike Hargrove have been titled Rookie of the Year.
The first stadium for the Rangers was Arlington Stadium. It was built in 1965 and was known as Turnpike stadium at that time. It was made for a major league team, but it housed minor league teams until the Rangers came. When the Rangers moved to the stadium, it was renamed Arlington Stadium in 1971. The original 10,000 seating capacity was expanded to 35,000. The Rangers played at Arlington Stadium from 1972 until 1993.In 1994 the Rangers moved to a new ballpark named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. This ballpark has a seating capacity of around 48,000 and newer technology for scoreboards and other devices