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When monetary issues forced the Washington Senators owner to look to other cities to be the home for his ball club, Arlington, Texas immediately stood out as the front runner. Its mayor had been trying to obtain a professional team for some time and already had a stadium built to Major League specifications. Approval was granted and the team moved to Texas for the 1972 season and adopted a new name, the Texas Rangers.
Although the franchise never achieved the pinnacle of success in Major League Baseball, with no World Series titles to their credit, they have had a slew of major figures come through their city in the form of players, managers, and owners.
An Investment group headed by former President George W. Bush purchased the team back in 1989. While owner, Bush moved the team to a new stadium, currently known as Globe Life Park in Arlington. He left the team in 1994 when he was elected Governor of Texas and ultimately sold the team in 1998 before devoting himself to his presidential campaign.
The club’s first manager was Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who only stayed in Texas for one season, displeased over the move. Other notable managers through the years included Whitey Herzog, Billy Martin, Bobby Valentine, Buck Showalter, and Ron Washington.
Talented players on the field have included Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Young, and Nolan Ryan.
Today, Jeff Banister serves as manager for the club and with the roster he has at his disposal, a Fall Classic may be in the cards for the near future. A stacked clubhouse featuring top MLB talent in Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Cole Hamels, and Yu Darvish is sure to keep the fans at Globe Life Park in Arlington coming through the turnstiles each day to watch their home town team take the field. More information pertaining to the history of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball can be found by clicking here.