The Texas Rangers are currently an Arlington, Texas, based professional baseball team which is registered as a member of the Western Division of the American League. The history of the Texas Rangers is bit different from any other baseball team in a way that it was the result of original Washington DC Senators relocated to Minnesota to finally become the Minnesota Twins. With the fear to lose exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act, the new Washington Senators were an expansion team that was awarded to the nation’s capital. Ten years later in 1971, the new Washington Senators moved south to Arlington, Texas and were known as the Rangers for the next MLB season.
The new Senators were unable to emulate even an inch of the old Senators talent as the first season was full of failures. The team was losing an average 90 games a season. Even the successive changes on ownership side couldn’t save the team from performing bad. Elwood Richard Quesada became so frustrated with the financial losses that he sold all of his stakes to retire from the affairs of the team.
In the early 1970s, the management and owners together decided to move the team to Texas where Turnpike Stadium was declared as the new ballpark of the team and team was renamed as Texas Rangers. Soon after moving to Texas, the Rangers had to contend with the California Angels where the first game results were 1- 0 in favor of California Angels. But in the very next game, the Rangers battled back to get the first victory of the club. Ted Williams retired as manager but he never was displeased with the announcement of moving the team to Texas. Whitey Herzog, the successive manager, didn’t stay longer and soon was replaced by Billy Martin.
1974 was the season for the Texas Rangers to earn their name as competitive contenders. The stunning performances shown by players enabled the team to stand second in the American League. In first place were the Oakland Athletics which eventually won the World Series of that year as well. This was different than the last couple of seasons where the Rangers ended up showing a winning percentage far below than .500. On average, 100 loses were being reported in every season. But in the season of 1974, Mike Hargrove qualified for the Rookie of the Year title and Billy Martin was declared the Manager of the year by the American League. The comeback Player of the year title was given to Ferguson Jenkins as he won 25 games. Despite this winning season, Martin was fired and Rangers brought in Frank Lucchesi to take over management affairs.
The games between the seasons of 1977 to 1979 were in favor of Rangers who were close to clinching a playoff spot but players’ strikes began and afterwards Rangers couldn’t win 5 consecutive seasons. Meanwhile, for unknown reasons, owners of the Rangers decided to trade several key players of the team with the Milwaukee Brewers for their future manager, Ned Yost.
Home attendance had always been a problem for the Rangers and not many people came over to watch the Rangers games. Two facts were cause of this problem. Firstly, inconsistent performance of Rangers could never be able to hook up fans and secondly the temperature and humidity in the summer sometimes shoot up to 100 degrees. As a result of later fact, Rangers decided to play their games between May and September at night. This tradition is still continuing to this day.
In April 1989, Eddie Chiles decided to sell off the Texas Rangers to an investment group. This investment group was headed by George W. Bush who after knowing that Chiles was interested in selling the team persuaded the group to make this investment. Though Bush’s own stake in this investment was even less than one percent, he was nominated as the managing director of the Texas Rangers. Bush, however, increased his investment in the team later that year to increase his stake of ownership.
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