The Texas Rangers began life in Washington, D.C., where they were known as the Senators between 1961 and 1971. The franchise moved south in time for the 1972 American League season and took the name of the Rangers as a tip of the cap to the state's famed law enforcement organization.
Ballpark / Stadium - Globe Life Park
The Rangers home ballpark is Globe Life Park in Arlington. The park, which opened in 1994, was previously known by such names as The Ballpark in Arlington and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The facility has an official capacity of 48,114 and its most notable feature is Greene's Hill, a grass berm beyond center field that acts as the park's batter's eye. When a home run ball lands on the hill, fans can leave their seats to chase after the ball. Before 1994, the Rangers played their home games at Arlington Stadium. The park was demolished the same year Globe Life Park in Arlington opened.
No World Series Championships
The Rangers are on the short list of MLB franchises without a World Series title. Despite making news headlines for being consistently competitive in recent years, the Rangers have failed to win baseball's top honor. The team had back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, thanks to its pair of American League Pennants, and also found its way to the postseason in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2012.
Texas Rangers Roster
Only one member of the Baseball Hall of Fame was enshrined wearing the Rangers cap. This player, Nolan Ryan, joins a number of other former Senators/Rangers in the hall, including Ted Williams, Bert Blyleven, Goose Gossage, Whitey Herzog, Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Throughout their history, the Rangers roster has features such stars as Ivan Rodriguez, Ruben Sierra and Kenny Rogers. Most recently, players including Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland, Jurickson Profar and Prince Fielder have won the team's red, white and blue uniform.
The Rangers play the home games on their Spring Training schedule at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ. The park opened in 2003 and since its inaugural season, the Rangers and Kansas City Royals have shared it. Surprise Stadium can hold 10,714 fans and is one of five sites of the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Round Rock Express, Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class-A Hickory Crawdads, Short-Season A Spokane Indians and rookie league Arizona League Rangers and Dominican Summer League Rangers.
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