Here at Martin Oaks Cemetery & Crematory, our chief line of business is death care. We have been around for more than 30 years. During this time, we have become so ingrained in North Central Texas that it is impossible not to feel proud when one of our neighbors experiences prominent success. This year the Texas Rangers major league baseball team, located in Arlington, Texas just 30 miles south of us, experienced a season to remember.
They won the American League West with an outstanding 95-67 (.586%) record, tying the Washington Nationals for the second best mark in all of major league baseball. Only the Chicago Cubs, who were 103-56 (.640%), played better.
We wish the Texas Rangers the best in post season play which starts this Thursday at 3:30pm at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Through the years, we have attended some very memorable games in Arlington– below you will find photos of the programs for some of these games, as well as a few notes about them.
The final game played at Arlington Stadium took place on October 3, 1993, the Rangers vs. the Kansas City Royals. This game was highlighted by the final bows of two future Hall of Famers, George Brett and Nolan Ryan. Ryan did not play in the game, but Brett got his final hit of his career in front of a crowd of more than 41,000 people. My wife, Caren, was interviewed by a local radio station after the game about her feelings regarding the stadium’s closing. She stated, “The new stadium is going to be great, but we are leaving behind a lot of good memories in this ballpark.”
The Ballpark in Arlington opened on April 11, 1994 as the Rangers meet the Milwaukee Brewers. Unfortunately, more than 46,000 patrons went home disappointed by the 4-3 loss. The National Anthem that day was played by piano virtuoso, Van Cliburn, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony.
Major league baseball’s first interleague game (National League teams vs. American League teams during regular baseball season) was played between the Rangers and the San Francisco Giants at the Ballpark in Arlington. Interestingly, four members of the Rangers roster were former Giants – Will Clark, John Burkett, Eric Gunderson and Ed Vosberg. Another link between the two teams was Gaylord Parry, Hall of Fame pitcher, played for both. Again, more than 46,000 Ranger fans felt the sting of another 4-3 loss in a significant game.
On October 2, 1998 the Ranger hosted the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. The Yankees swept the Rangers 3 games to none.
The Rangers had a superior season in 2010, winding up in the World Series versus the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers offense betrayed them in the Series against the extremely talented Giant’s pitchers – final result was Rangers dropped the Series 4 games to 1. The final game of the Series was played in Arlington: Giants superstar pitcher, Tim Lincecum, put on a dazzling display that night.
Again, we wish the Rangers the best of luck this year. Being a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, it would be a dream come true to see the Cubs and Rangers face off in the 2016 World Series.