Texas Rangers Team History
Short decided make the move to Arlington. On September 21, 1971, by a vote of 10 to 2 (the Orioles’ Jerold Hoffberger and John Allyn of the Chicago White Sox registered the dissenting votes), American League owners granted approval to move the franchise to Arlington, Texas for the 1972 season.
Senators fans were livid. Enmity came to a head at the club’s last game in Washington. Thousands of fans simply walked in without paying after the security guards left early, swelling the paid attendance of 14,460 to around 25,000, while fans unfurled a banner reading “SHORT STINKS”. With the Senators leading 7–5 and two outs in the top of the ninth inning, several hundred youths stormed the field, raiding it for souvenirs. One man grabbed first base and ran off with it. With no security in sight and only three bases, umpire crew chief Jim Honochick forfeited the game to the New York Yankees.
In April 1989, Rangers owner and oil tycoon Eddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group headed by George W. Bush, son of the President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. After hearing that Chiles planned to sell the team, Bush headed a group of investors that bought the team for $89 million. While his own equity in the team was a small one (approximately 1%), he was named Managing General Partner of the new ownership group. He increased his investment the following year.
During his tenure, the Rangers and the City of Arlington decided to replace the aging Arlington Stadium with a new publicly funded stadium, at a cost of $193 million, financed by Arlington residents, through a sales tax increase. Ground was broken on October 30, 1991 on what would become The Ballpark in Arlington (now named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington). The city, through the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority, also controversially authorized the seizure of 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land through eminent domain for the Rangers future development. Landowners filed lawsuits over the acquisition and eventually won settlements of $22.2 million which the Rangers failed to pay. On March 19, 2007, the Texas Rangers severed their relationship with Ameriquest and announced that the stadium would be named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. On February 5, 2014, Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company bought the naming rights to the stadium. Globe Life is owned by Torchmark Corporation, which is based in McKinney, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas.
The stadium contains 5,704 club seats and 126 luxury suites.
The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise is currently a member of the West division of the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB). Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The team’s name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.
Washington D.C. – Dallas
2000 – Present Major League Baseball
1961 – 1999 American League
Rangers – Owner Robert Short renamed the team the Rangers and the name refers to the famous Texas Ranger Division, the law enforcement agency that was created by Stephen F. Austin in 1823.
1972 – Present Texas Rangers
1961 – 1971 Washington Senators
World Series 0
2014 – Present Globe Life Park in Arlington
2007 – 2013 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
2004 – 2006 Ameriquest Field in Arlington
1994 – 2004 The Ballpark in Arlington
1972 – 1993 Arlington Stadium
1962 – 1971 RFK Stadium
1961 Griffith Stadium
2010 – Present Rangers Baseball Express
1998 – 2010 Tom Hicks
1989 – 1998 Richard Rainwater and George W. Bush
1980 – 1989 Eddie Chiles
1974 – 1980 Brad Corbett
1968 – 1974 Bob Short
1967 – 1968 James Lemon
1963 – 1967 James Johnson & James Lemon
1961 – 1963 Elwood Richard Quesada
26 Johnny Oates
34 Nolan Ryan
42 Jackie Robinson
2002 – Present Rangers Captain
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