Texas Rangers (Baseball)
- American League (since 1961) East Division (1969-1971)
- West Division (since 1972)
- Rangers Ballpark (since 1994)
- Arlington Stadium (1972-1993)
- RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C. ) ( 1962-1971 )
- Griffith Stadium ( Washington, D.C. ) ( 1961)
- American League title (2): 2010, 2011
- Division titles (5): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011
The Texas Rangers are an American major league baseball team. The team plays in the Western Division of the American League.
Founded in 1961 as Washington Senators, the team in 1972 moved to Arlington in the U.S. state of Texas and received its current name. Since 1994, the Texas Rangers play at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers have long been relatively unsuccessful until the first time the American League won in 2010 and thus for the first time moved into the World Series.
1961-1971 (Washington Senators )
In 1961 there was the first major expansion of the MLB: In the American League two new teams were added, so that henceforth ten instead of eight franchises battled for the title. The earlier in Washington, D.C. based team moved to Minneapolis in that year and traded from now on under the name of Minnesota Twins. To continue to hold in the American League, a team from the capital, a new team was quickly ( and with new management ) established under the "old" name.
Washington was previously not a good location for a Major League Baseball team, since nearly traditionally only low viewing figures could be achieved. Because the "new" Senators also changed nothing, since success of any kind stayed away. Founded in January 1961, only a shared last place with 61 wins and 100 losses was achieved a year later a 60-101 record. After another last place it was in very small steps upward: 1964 Penultimate, 1965 and 1966 Third last, in 1967 shared sixth place. The only season in Washington with a positive result in 1969 denied under the rookie manager Ted Williams 86-76. However, since the new franchise owner Bob Short under the debt burden of the purchase in 1968, the team could not hold together, the Senators fell back in old failure results. The sale of the team in 1971 after Texas naturally found no positive reception in Washington; the last game of the Senators went to Zuschauertumulten ingloriously with a 0:9 defeat by referee decision to end.
Texas Rangers (since 1972)
Only in 1977 could achieve a better result than in 1969, the Rangers. Most successful period for the Rangers began with an exclamation point in the strike season of 1994 when they start to strike the Western Division led. Actual Division title in 1996 and were then again in 1998 and 1999 won, but it failed every year in the subsequent American League Division Series with a single victory in 10 games in the postseason.
Co-owner of the Rangers from 1988 to 1998, a small proportion of the 43rd U.S. President, George W. Bush.
In 2010, the Rangers succeeded after a prolonged dry spell their most successful year. First, the West Division was won for the fourth time, then the Rangers succeeded for the first time a positive performance in the ALDS by winning 3-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays. Of particular importance here was the change from Star pitcher Cliff Lee, who was responsible for two of the victories as a starting pitcher.
On 22 October 2010, the Rangers won the ALCS and then attracted by a 6-1 over the New York Yankees in the sixth game (4-2 win in the series) for the first time in the World Series, where they the San Francisco Giants 4-1 documents.
2011 could bring for the second consecutive AL West Division title the Rangers with a record of 96-66. With 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays the Division Series could be recovered and retrieved by a 4-3 over the Detroit Tigers of the American League Championship titles. However, they could, like last year, not win the World Series. This time, the Rangers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3. They led in the series after the fifth game even with 3-2, but lost the last 2 games and so the World Series 2011.
Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bert Blyleven Goose Gossage
Whitey Herzog Ferguson Jenkins
Gaylord Perry Nolan Ryan
No longer assigned numbers
- 26 Johnny Oates
- 34 Nolan Ryan
- 42 Jackie Robinson ( in every club of Major League Baseball )