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One Fan's 38-Year Love Affair With the Rangers



    A Dallas woman has been sitting in the second row behind home plate for 38 years and counting. (Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011)

    A Dallas woman has had Red Fever for 38 years and counting.

    You can call Anna LeMaster a fan or fanatic. When it comes to her Texas Rangers, she wears both titles proudly.

    LeMaster may be as well-known to the Rangers organization as any executive -- she's certainly logged more time with the team. She and her late husband became season-ticket holders 38 years ago.

    Her brother was a sports agent and represented pitcher Jim Bibby. At a gathering in 1972, he introduced her to then-manager Billy Martin, who promptly sold the LeMasters on how great the team would be. He convinced them to purchase season tickets.

    They did -- second row behind home plate on the visitors' side. LeMaster has been heckling opposing teams ever since.

    But in the process, she's grown close to nearly everyone in the Rangers organization. She said the players are like her sons and has a nickname for all of them.

    Team members treat her special, too. She has a museum's worth of Rangers memorabilia to show for it, most of it autographed by players who aren't just signing their names. Many of her items start with, "To Anna," such as her most recent autograph -- from former Yankee skipper Joe Torre, who sat next to her during the division series versus Tampa Bay