Texas Rangers: Fun Facts

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The Texas Rangers will open their 46th season in Arlington Monday -- here are some of the fun facts and milestones made by the team in their four-plus decades of major league play.

  • The Texas Rangers were originally the Washington Senators (1961-1971). They played their first season as the Texas Rangers in 1972.
  • The Rangers' first manager was Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
  • The Rangers originally played at Turnpike Stadium in Arlington.
  • Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan recorded his 5,000th strikeout, 300th win and sixth and seventh no-hitters with the Rangers.
  • An investment group headed by President George W. Bush purchased the Rangers in 1989. Bush left the team when he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994.
  • Since 1994 the Rangers have played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, though it was originally called The Ballpark in Arlington.
  • The Rangers hosted the All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington in 1995.
  • Three numbers have been retired by the Texas Rangers: 34 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan, retired Sept. 15, 1996; 42 - Jackie Robinson, retired for all of MLB April 15, 1997; 26 - Manager Johnny Oats, retired Aug. 6, 2005
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Season
Batting average - .359, Josh Hamilton (2010)
Doubles - 52, Michael Young (2006)
Triples - 14, Ruben Sierra (1989)
Home Runs - 57, Alex Rodriguez (2002)
RBI - 157, Juan Gonzalez (1998)
Stolen Bases - 52, Bump Wills (1978)
Wins - 25, Ferguson Jenkins (1974)
ERA (min. 100 IP) - 1.57, Jim Kerm (1979)
Strikeouts - 301, Nolan Ryan (1989)
Saves - Francisco Cordero (2004)

Career
Batting average - .319, Al Oliver
Doubles - 415, Michael Young
Triples - 55, Michael Young
Home Runs - 372, Juan Gonzalez
RBI - 1,180, Juan Gonzalez
Stolen Bases - 241, Elvis Andrus
Wins - 139, Charlie Hough
ERA (min. 500 IP) - 3.26, Gaylord Perry
Strikeouts - 1,452, Charlie Hough
Saves - 150, John Wetteland

Feats

Perfect Game: Kenny Rogers against California Angels July 28, 1994

No-Hitters

  • Jim Bibby at OAK, July 30, 1973
  • Bert Blyleven at CAL, Sept. 22, 1977
  • Nolan Ryan at OAK, June 11, 1990
  • Nolan Ryan v. TOR, May 1, 1991

Hitting for the Cycle

  • Adrian Beltre - Astros - 8/4/15
  • Shin-Soo Choo - Rockies - 7/21/15
  • Alex Rios - Astros - 9/23/13
  • Adrian Beltre - Twins - 8/24/12
  • Bengie Molina - Boston - 7/16/10
  • Ian Kinsler - Baltimore - 4/15/09
  • Gary Matthews Jr. - Detroit - 9/13/06
  • Gary Matthews Jr. (natural order) - Detroit - 9/13/06
  • Mark Teixeira - Cleveland - 8/17/04
  • Oddibe McDowell - Cleveland - 7/23/85

Triple Plays

  • Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus - Detroit - 5/20/09
  • Kenny Rogers, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez,
  • Hank Blalock, Kenny Rogers, Michael Young* - Seattle - 4/14/02
  • Alex Rodriguez, Randy Velarde - at Boston - 8/6/01
  • Mark McLemore, Royce Clayton, Lee Stevens - at New York - 6/17/99
  • Toby Harrah, Bump Willis, Mike Hargrove - Oakland - 8/8/77
  • *According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 1-6-2-5-1-4 triple play was the most touches on a triple play since Aug. 29, 1969.

Most Valuable Player

  • Josh Hamilton - 2010
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2003
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1999
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1998
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1996
  • Jeff Burroughs - 1974

Manager of the Year

  • Jeff Banister - 2015
  • Buck Showalter - 2004
  • Johnny Oates - 1996

Rookie of the Year

  • Neftali Feliz - 2010
  • Mike Hargrove - 1974

Silver Sluggers

  • Adrian Beltre - 2014
  • Josh Hamilton - 2012
  • Adrian Beltre - 2011
  • Vladimir Guerrero - 2010
  • Josh Hamilton - 2010
  • Josh Hamilton - 2008
  • Alfonso Soriano - 2005
  • Mark Teixeira - 2005
  • Alfonso Soriano - 2004
  • Mark Teixeira - 2004
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2003
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2002
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2001
  • Rafael Palmeiro - 1999
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1999
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1998
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1998
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1997
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1997
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1996
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1996
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1995
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1994
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1993
  • Juan Gonzalez - 1992
  • Julio Franco - 1991
  • Julio Franco - 1990
  • Harold Baines - 1989
  • Julio Franco - 1989
  • Ruben Sierra - 1989
  • Buddy Bell - 1984
  • Al Oliver - - 1981
  • Al Oliver - - 1980

Gold Gloves

  • Adrian Beltre - 2016
  • Mitch Moreland - 2016
  • Adrian Beltre - 2012
  • Adrian Beltre - 2011
  • Michael Young - 2008
  • Mark Teixeira - 2006
  • Kenny Rogers - 2005
  • Mark Teixeira - 2005
  • Kenny Rogers - 2004
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2003
  • Alex Rodriguez - 2002
  • Kenny Rogers - 2002
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 2001
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 2000
  • Kenny Rogers - 2000
  • Rafael Palmeiro - 1999
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1999
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1998
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1997
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1996
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1995
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1994
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1993
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 1992
  • Gary Pettis - 1990
  • Buddy Bell - 1984
  • Buddy Bell - 1983
  • Buddy Bell - 1982
  • Buddy Bell - 1981
  • Jim Sundberg - 1981
  • Buddy Bell - 1980
  • Jim Sundberg - 1980
  • Buddy Bell - 1979
  • Jim Sundberg - 1979
  • Jim Sundberg - 1978
  • Juan Beniquez - 1977
  • Jim Sundberg - 1977
  • Jim Sundberg - 1976
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