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American League West

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They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division.

Globe Life Park in Arlington

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In 2020, they will move to the new Globe Life Field after having played at Globe Life Park in Arlington from 1994 to 2019.
It was home to the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame.

Arlington, Texas

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The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Short was especially receptive to an offer brought up by Arlington, Texas, mayor Tom Vandergriff, who had been trying to obtain a major league sports team to play in the Metroplex for over a decade.
Additionally, Arlington hosts the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Wings at College Park Center, the International Bowling Campus (which houses the United States Bowling Congress, International Bowling Museum and the International Bowling Hall of Fame), and the theme parks Six Flags Over Texas (the original Six Flags) and Hurricane Harbor.

Expansion team

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The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s).

2010 American League Championship Series

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The team then brought home their first American League pennant after beating the New York Yankees in six games.
The American League wild card-winning New York Yankees faced the American League West Division champions Texas Rangers.

1960 Major League Baseball expansion draft

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The Senators and Angels began to fill their rosters with American League players in an expansion draft.
The 1960 MLB Expansion Draft was held by Major League Baseball on December 14, 1960, to fill the rosters of the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators.

Globe Life Field

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In 2020, they will move to the new Globe Life Field after having played at Globe Life Park in Arlington from 1994 to 2019.
It will serve as the home of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

Ted Williams

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Their only winning season was in when Hall of Famer Ted Williams managed the club to an 86–76 record, placing fourth in the AL East.
Williams managed the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise from 1969 to 1972.

Tampa Bay Rays

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In 2010, the Rangers advanced past the Division Series for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners all considered moving to either Tampa or St. Petersburg before deciding to remain in their current locations.

Griffith Stadium

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The team played the season at old Griffith Stadium before moving to the new District of Columbia Stadium under a 10-year lease.
The stadium was home to the American League Senators from 1911 through 1960, and to an expansion team of the same name for their first season in 1961.

Minnesota Twins

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The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s).
The American League opposed the move at first, but in 1960 a deal was reached: The Senators would move and would be replaced with an expansion Senators team for 1961.

Frank Howard (baseball)

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Frank Howard, an outfielder/first baseman from 1965 to 1972 known for his towering home runs, was the team's most accomplished player, winning two home run titles.
Frank Oliver Howard (born August 8, 1936), nicknamed "Hondo", "The Washington Monument" and "The Capitol Punisher", is a former All-Star outfielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchises.

Major League Baseball

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They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division.
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.

1972 Major League Baseball season

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Prior to the 1972 season, improvements were made to Turnpike Stadium, which reopened as Arlington Stadium, in preparation for the inaugural season of the Texas Rangers.
1972 marked the first year for the Texas Rangers, who had moved to Arlington from Washington, D.C. (where they played as the Washington Senators) after the 1971 season.

1974 Texas Rangers season

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The 1974 Rangers are still the only MLB team to finish above .500 after two consecutive 100-loss seasons.
The 1974 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing second in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 76 losses (two rained-out games were never completed).

Tom Vandergriff

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Short was especially receptive to an offer brought up by Arlington, Texas, mayor Tom Vandergriff, who had been trying to obtain a major league sports team to play in the Metroplex for over a decade.
As Mayor, he was instrumental in several projects, including a new General Motors assembly plant, moving a Major League Baseball franchise to Arlington, and the opening of Six Flags over Texas.

Brad Corbett

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Under the ownership of Brad Corbett, they finished second in the American League West with an 84–76 record, behind the eventual World Series champion Oakland Athletics.
Bradford Gary Corbett (October 15, 1937 – December 24, 2012) was the owner of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball's American League from 1974 to 1980.

Washington Senators (1891–1899)

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The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s).
In fact the Original Senators were the first of three teams, all called the Washington Senators, and were in the Capital continuously until the third Senators franchise left to become the Texas Rangers.

Washington Nationals

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The nation's capital went without Major League Baseball for 33 years until the relocation of the National League's Montreal Expos who became the Washington Nationals.
They were replaced in Washington by an expansion team, the second Senators franchise, which began play in 1961 and moved to Arlington, Texas after the 1971 season to become the Texas Rangers.

Billy Martin

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Mike Hargrove was awarded American League Rookie of the Year, Billy Martin was named AL Manager of the Year, Jeff Burroughs won AL MVP, and Ferguson Jenkins was named the Comeback Player of the Year after winning 25 games, a club record to this day.
He was quickly hired by the Texas Rangers, and turned them for a season (1974) into a winning team, but was fired amid conflict with ownership in 1975.

Arlington Stadium

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Prior to the 1972 season, improvements were made to Turnpike Stadium, which reopened as Arlington Stadium, in preparation for the inaugural season of the Texas Rangers. Arlington's hole card was Turnpike Stadium, a 10,000-seat park which had been built in to house the Double-A Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs of the Texas League.
It served as the home for the Texas Rangers (MLB) from 1972 until 1993, after which the team moved into The Ballpark in Arlington (now Globe Life Park in Arlington).

New York Yankees

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The team then brought home their first American League pennant after beating the New York Yankees in six games.
Former Cy Young Award-winning closer Sparky Lyle was traded to the Texas Rangers for several players, including Dave Righetti.

Bobby Valentine

Manager Bobby Valentine became steward over an influx of talent in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He managed the Texas Rangers (1985–92), the New York Mets (1996–2002), and the Boston Red Sox (2012) of MLB, as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (1995, 2004–09).

Ferguson Jenkins

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Mike Hargrove was awarded American League Rookie of the Year, Billy Martin was named AL Manager of the Year, Jeff Burroughs won AL MVP, and Ferguson Jenkins was named the Comeback Player of the Year after winning 25 games, a club record to this day.
Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins CM (born December 13, 1942) is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox .

Nolan Ryan

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The signing of 41-year-old star pitcher Nolan Ryan prior to the 1989 season allowed Ryan to reach his 5,000th strikeout, 300th win, and 6th and 7th no-hitters with the Rangers.
Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. (born January 31, 1947), nicknamed The Ryan Express, is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and a previous chief executive officer (CEO) of the Texas Rangers, and Houston Astros.