THE DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
The Texas Rangers are having their best sucess in their franchise history, with back to back world series apperances. They have come a long way in the 40 years in Arlington, playing in old Arlington Stadium. Which was remodeled to bring up to Major League Baseball code. In 1971, the Washington Senators announced that the team would move to the Dallas-Ft Worth area, giving sports fans a full taste of major league baseball. The first two years were unforgetable, as the Rangers finshed with over 100 losses. 1974 would be different with the firey Billy Martin as the Manager. A rookie named Jim Sundberg who would have his first of many great seasons as a Ranger. Free agent Ferguson Jenkins, and the booming bat of Jeff Burroughs. Together this Rangers team went from worst to a team that would push the Oakland A’s to the brink. Only to be eliminated from pennant contention with three games to go. That was one of many of the 40 seasons of Rangers baseball. They had a 40th season reunion recently, and some of the names who shaped the Rangers franchise were there. Pudge Rodriguez, Rafel Palmero, Charlie Hough, John Wettland, to name a few. The Rangers Play by Play man Eric Nadel got inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame. Hopefully, he will be inducted into baseball Hall of Fame down the road. It’s always great to go back and look back at years of Rangers baseball. Gives you some perspective on how far this franchise has come.
Speaking of Hall of Fame, Mike Modano date with HOF is coming soon. The face of the Dallas Stars since the franchise relocated to Dallas from Minniesota will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He is going in along with Lou Lamoriello, and Eddie Olczyk. The big Hall of Fame day will be October 15th. And it will be in Dallas at the Marriot City Center evernt hall in Downtown Dallas. And tickets are still available for this 40th annual Hall of Fame induction. Go to www. ushockeyhalloffame.com for details. It will be a fun and big event. And Mike Modano deserves his place in the Hall of Fame one year after he announced his retirement. Well deserved Mike.