A report on Texas Rangers (baseball)

U.S. President Richard Nixon throwing the Opening Day ceremonial first pitch at RFK Stadium on April 7, 1969, with Ted Williams (left) and Bob Short (right, partially obscured by Ralph Houk)
Jim Sundberg, catcher from 1974–83; 1988–89
Arlington Stadium, home ballpark from 1972 to 1993
President George H. W. Bush with son, George W. Bush, and baseball broadcaster, Joe Morgan, in the Texas Rangers locker room, 1991. Future president George W. Bush (far right) owned the Rangers from 1989 to 1994
Globe Life Park opened in 1994.
Michael Young was selected for the MLB All-Star Game seven times (2004–2009, 2011).
Nelson Cruz, Rangers outfielder from 2006 to 2013
Ron Washington, managed the Rangers from 2007 to 2014, winning two A.L. pennants ('10, '11)
Rangers Captain (May 2016)
Adrián Beltré
Ferguson Jenkins
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan pitched for the Rangers from 1989 to 1993.
Josh Hamilton set the single-season batting average record (.359) in 2010.
The Dell Diamond is the home of the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate
Globe Life Park opened in 1994.

American professional baseball team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

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New York Yankees

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American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

Hilltop Park, home of the Highlanders
The Polo Grounds, home of the Yankees from 1913 to 1922, was demolished in 1964, after the Mets had moved to Shea Stadium in Flushing.
With his hitting prowess, Babe Ruth ushered in an offensive-oriented era of baseball and helped lead the Yankees to four World Series titles.
Lou Gehrig
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio set an MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak that stands to this day and will probably never be broken.
Opening Day of the 1951 baseball season at Griffith Stadium. President Harry Truman throws out the first ball as Bucky Harris and Casey Stengel look on.
Mickey Mantle was one of the franchise's most celebrated hitters, highlighted by his 1956 Triple Crown and World Series championship.
During 1974 and 1975, Yankee Stadium was renovated into its final shape and structure, as shown here in 2002, seven years before demolition.
The mask and catcher's mitt of Thurman Munson, the team captain who was killed in a plane crash in 1979
Don Mattingly headlined a Yankees franchise that struggled in the 1980s.
The Yankees' success in the late 1990s and early 2000s was built from a core of productive players that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter.
Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 2007
Joe Girardi was a Yankees catcher before he became manager in 2008.
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and was christened with a World Series victory in the same way that the original Yankee Stadium was christened with a World Series victory when it opened in 1923.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge quickly became the new face of the team.
World Series rings
"Freddy Sez" holding one of his signs near the bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and the Texas Rangers
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures
The grounds crew at Yankee Stadium dancing to "Y.M.C.A."
Announcers Michael Kay, Paul O'Neill, Ken Singleton, and Ryan Ruocco in the YES Network broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium in 2009
The first four in the row of retired numbers at the old Yankee Stadium
Yogi Berra
Joe DiMaggio
Whitey Ford
Derek Jeter
Reggie Jackson
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Mariano Rivera
Lou Gehrig

Former Cy Young Award-winning closer Sparky Lyle was traded to the Texas Rangers for several players, including Dave Righetti.

Minnesota Twins

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American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis.

American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis.

Washington's Bucky Harris scores on his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 of the 1924 World Series.
President Calvin Coolidge (left) and Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson (right) shake hands following the Senators' 1924 championship.
The Minneapolis Millers (1884–1960) and St. Paul Saints (1901–1960; team photo of 1920 pictured) of AAA played in Minnesota before the arrival of the Twins in 1961
Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, 1964
The Metrodome, 2007
President Ronald Reagan congratulates the Twins winning the 1987 World Series
Justin Morneau, drafted in 1999 by the Twins, won the AL MVP award in 2006
Joe Nathan won the Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2009
Miguel Sanó, infielder (2015–present)
The Metrodome in 2006.
Target Field in 2010.
Rod Carew
Harmon Killebrew
Joe Mauer
Tony Oliva
Kirby Puckett
Target Field retired number signs in 2010.
Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven played 11 seasons for the Twins.
Interior of the Metrodome
Justin Morneau, drafted in 1999 by the Twins, won the AL MVP award in 2006

The media often shortened the nickname to "Nats" — even for the 1961 expansion team.

Major League Baseball

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Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

National League Baltimore Orioles, 1896
Cy Young, 1911 baseball card
Jackie Robinson comic book, 1951
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Graph showing, by year, the average number of runs per MLB game
Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal
Cleveland Indians throwback uniform
A Grapefruit League game at the former Los Angeles Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida
President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star Game at DC Stadium
Rafael Palmeiro (batter), one of the MLB players suspended for steroid use
MLB blackout map in the United States
Canadian MLB blackout map
MLB blackout map in the United States

Two new teams were added to the American League at the same time: the Los Angeles Angels (who soon moved from downtown L.A. to nearby Anaheim) and a new Washington Senators franchise.

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

World Series

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Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.

The Texas Rangers were twice only one strike away from winning their first World Series title in 2011, but the St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, the eventual Series MVP, drove in both the tying and winning runs late in Game 6 to force a Game 7.

Choctaw Stadium

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American multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth.

American multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Choctaw Stadium, then Globe Life Park, in 2018.
Choctaw Stadium before the Midwestern State Mustangs vs. Texas A&M–Commerce Lions football game in 2021
Park by the home plate entrance at Choctaw Stadium.
Greene's Hill in the ballpark's center field in 2006
Field dimensions while a baseball park
The Ballpark during the day
Panorama of Choctaw Stadium, then Globe Life Park, in 2016

Originally built as a baseball stadium, it was home to the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame from 1994 through 2019, when the team vacated the stadium for Globe Life Field.

Tampa Bay Rays

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American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Carl Crawford was one of the Rays' first breakout stars
Evan Longoria owns many Rays franchise records, including games played, home runs, RBIs, and WAR.
Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series
Randy Arozarena in 2020 set all-time records for most hits and home runs in a single postseason
The Rays play their home games at Tropicana Field.
Raymond, the Rays' first mascot, pictured in 2007.
Don Zimmer had his #66 retired by the Rays.

The Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and Seattle Mariners all seriously considered moving to either Tampa or St. Petersburg, but they all elected to remain in place, usually with the enticement of a new publicly-funded ballpark.

Los Angeles Angels

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American professional baseball team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

American professional baseball team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Angel Stadium (enclosed), 1991
The "Big A" at Angel Stadium
The Rally Monkey on the jumbotron at Angel Stadium - 2011
The Angels' current wordmark
California Angels logo, 1990s
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Gene Autry, team founder and owner (1960–1998)
Rod Carew
Nolan Ryan
Vladimir Guerrero

The Angels were one of two expansion teams established as a result of the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion, along with the second incarnation of the Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers).

Washington Nationals

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American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C..

American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C..

President Richard Nixon at Washington Senators' opening game with New York Yankees at RFK Stadium, 1969
Nationals versus the Cincinnati Reds in 2009 at Nationals Park
2019 World Series victory parade
Josh Gibson, catcher
Walter Johnson, starting pitcher
Sam Rice, outfielder
RFK Stadium
Mascots dressed as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln before a 2019 game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They compete in the Presidents Race every mid-fourth inning of a home game.

They were replaced in Washington by an expansion team, the second American League Senators franchise, which began play in 1961 and moved to Arlington, Texas, after the 1971 season to become the Texas Rangers.

Baltimore Orioles

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American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland.

American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland.

The "Oriole Bird", which has been the official mascot figure since April 6, 1979.
Frank Robinson statue by Antonio Tobias Mendez.
The Orioles hosting one of the final games at Memorial Stadium in 1991.
The numbers on the Orioles' warehouse changed from 2130 to 2131 to celebrate Cal Ripken Jr. passing Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak.
The Orioles celebrate a 6–5 victory over the Mariners at Camden Yards on May 13, 2010.
Adam Jones in 2017
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The 2012 uniforms. Left to right: home, away, Saturday (away with gray pants), Friday (away with gray pants).
Paul Blair shown with the full-bodied bird logo between 1954–1965
Earl Weaver with the 1970 World Series trophy
Eddie Murray
Jim Palmer
Cal Ripken Jr.
Earl Weaver
Brooks Robinson

With the decline and eventual departure of two other professional sports teams in the area, the NFL's Baltimore Colts and baseball's Washington Senators, the Orioles' excellence paid off at the gate, as the team cultivated a large and rabid fan base at Memorial Stadium.

Official 2010 World Series logo

2010 World Series

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The championship series of Major League Baseball's 2010 season.

The championship series of Major League Baseball's 2010 season.

Official 2010 World Series logo
Édgar Rentería was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Cliff Lee pitching during Game 5
San Francisco's Market Street after the Giants victory parade

Free agent Pat Burrell was signed in late May after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays, while Buster Posey—who had started the season at Triple-A Fresno—was called up in late May and became the starting catcher after the Giants traded Bengie Molina to the Texas Rangers.