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2004 Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame inductions highlight weekend series with Oakland A's07/28/2004 1:15 PM ET
The second class of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, July 31. The Hall of Fame activities highlight the Rangers four-game Western Division matchup against the Oakland A's. The teams play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoon at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
The 2004 inductees are third baseman Buddy Bell, six-time Gold Glove recipient and winner of three Rangers player of the year awards; righthanded pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, a 25-game winner with 29 complete games in 1974; and current Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, whose efforts resulted in bringing major league baseball to North Texas in the fall of 1971.
Bronze plaques honoring the inductees will be permanently displayed on the main concourse at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. The three join the inaugural class of 2003, Charlie Hough, Johnny Oates, Nolan Ryan, and Jim Sundberg, in the Rangers Hall of Fame.
In addition, the Rangers and A's will Turn Back The Clock to 1974 on Friday and Saturday, wearing uniforms for both games from that era. Texas opens the homestand on Thursday by recognizing one of the most significant accomplishments in franchise history, Kenny Rogers' perfect game that took place ten years ago today, July 28, 1994 versus the California Angels at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Tickets for the Oakland series and all remaining 2004 home games are available by calling 817-273-5100.
Highlights of this weekend's activities:
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS: Buddy Bell, Ferguson Jenkins, and Tom Vandergriff will be inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The trio will enter Ameriquest Field in vintage automobiles and will receive their plaques from two members of the first Hall of Fame class, Charlie Hough and Jim Sundberg. Longtime Rangers Eric Nadel and Tom Grieve will also participate in the ceremony
Each inductee will receive a smaller version of the large plaques that will be placed on the walls of the outer concourse along the third base side of Ameriquest Field. .
The players were selected in Hall of Fame fan voting conducted at Ameriquest Field in Arlington and through the internet in April and May. Bell finished first in the voting, followed by Jenkins as nearly 55,000 total votes were cast. Vandergriff was selected for induction by a media committee from a category that included managers, coaches, executives, broadcasters, and contributors.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame was created in November 2002 to honor players, managers, coaches, executives, broadcasters, and contributors for outstanding performance and service to the organization. Biographical information on each of the 2004 inductees is attached.
WELCOME BACK: In addition to Hough and Sundberg, 15 former Rangers players and coaches are scheduled to be on field for Saturday's induction ceremonies:
Mark Brandenburg, Dave Hostetler, Claude Osteen, Odie Davis, Mike Jeffcoat, Geno Petralli, Jeff Frye, Frank Lucchesi, Don Stanhouse, Rich Hand, Jim Norris, Bill Stein, Ken Hill, Pete O'Brien, Ken Suarez
TURN BACK THE CLOCK: The Rangers and A's will go back 30 years by wearing their uniforms from the 1974 season for the games on Friday and Saturday nights. Texas will be in their white uniform of that era, which features red and blue trim and "Rangers" in lower case across the front of the jersey. The team will also wear the blue caps with red bills and a white "T". Oakland, which won its third consecutive World Series in 1974, will be in its Kelly Green tops with white pants and green caps. The Rangers finished second behind Oakland in the A.L. West that year with 84 wins, 27 more than the club had in 1973.
"SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS" AUCTION: Fans will have the opportunity to bid for the Rangers 1974 jerseys with proceeds benefiting the team's charity foundation. Bids can be made on the Rangers auction hotline by calling 817-273-5287 until midnight on Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday and from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bidding will also take place at the games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Winners in attendance at Saturday's game will personally receive their signed jerseys from the respective players after that game. Winners not present on Saturday will be notified by phone of their winning bids.
PERFECTION REVISITED: On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers retired all 27 California Angels in a 4-0 victory at The Ballpark in Arlington. At the time, it was the 11th regular season perfect game in the majors since 1900, the first ever by an American League lefthander. Yankees David Cone and lefty David Wells and Arizona's Randy Johnson have since pitched perfect games. To recognize perfection, the first 20,000 fans entering Ameriquest Field in Arlington on Thursday, July 29 will receive a full color Commemorative Print, compliments of Southwest Airlines.
T-SHIRTS FRIDAY: The first 20,000 fans entering the gates on Friday night get a T-Shirt featuring the Rangers insignia from the team jerseys. The promotion is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Tom Thumb.
SATURDAY ACTIVITIES: In addition to the Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, the first 15,000 fans entering Ameriquest Field on Saturday will receive a Hall of Fame Pin Set containing pins for Buddy Bell, Ferguson Jenkins, and Tom Vandergriff. A spectacular fireworks shoe set to 1970's music follows the Rangers-A's Game. Both the Hall of Fame Pin Set and the Fireworks Show are sponsored by Brookshire's/McCormick.
ROLL BACK CONCESSION PRICES: The weekend concludes with a 1:05 p.m. game with the Rangers and A's on Sunday. Special prices on certain concession items will be available that day as Cracker Jacks, small popcorn, and 24 ounce soft drinks will be on sale for just $1.00 each throughout the game.
MARK HOLTZ CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL: The Hall of Fame Induction Weekend gets underway with the 2004 Mark Holtz Celebrity Invitational on Thursday at Woodhaven Country Club in Fort Worth. More than 25 former Rangers players, including Danny Darwin, Charlie Hough, Oddibe McDowell, and Pete O'Brien are scheduled to participate in the four-person scramble, which begins at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
TEXAS RANGERS ORGAN DONOR GAME: The 10th annual Texas Rangers Organ Donor Softball Game will be held on Friday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Youth Ballpark. The game is conducted under the auspices of the Southwest Transplant Alliance to increase awareness of organ donations. A team of area transplant recipients will play a club of local media celebrities. A special guest will be Roberta Zito, the mother of Oakland A's pitcher Barry Zito. Mrs. Zito, who received a liver transplant in 1999, will throw the ceremonial first pitch to her son prior to the Rangers-A's game on Friday night.
DR PEPPER LUNCHEON: The Rangers Hall of Fame Class of 2004 will be honored at the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Luncheon on Friday at the Arlington Hilton. Other special guests include Rangers May Player of the Month Kenny Rogers and Roberta and Barry Zito. The luncheon begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 12 noon. A limited number of tickets for the luncheon remain and can be purchased by calling 817-273-5207.
TOYS OF SUMMER: John and Michele Wetteland will host their annual Toy Drive to benefit Feed The Children on Friday night. All fans bringing an unwrapped toy to the Rangers-A's game that evening will have an opportunity to win a John Wetteland autographed baseball or a chance to sit in a suite at a Rangers game. Toys may be brought to any of the gates at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: The United States Army will have a number of activities at Friday's game, including a U.S. Army Hummer on the concourse and a rock climbing wall outside the Home Plate Gate...Richard Greene Scholar and Texas Rangers Foundation Scholar recipients will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday...Fans can run the bases at Ameriquest Field following Sunday's game in the Damon Run The Bases promotion.
2004 TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
BUDDY BELL, 3B
Excelled with his glove and bat in his seven years with the Rangers...Won six consecutive Gold Gloves from 1979-84 and appeared in four All-Star Games with Texas...In first season with club in 1979, set then club records with 162 games, 670 at bats, 200 hits and 42 doubles, all career highs...Batted career best .329 in 1980 with .294 or higher average five times as a Ranger...Was the Rangers player of the year in 1979, 1981, and 1982...Retired as a Ranger after playing in 34 games in 1989...Ranks seventh on Texas' all-time list in doubles (197) and triples (21) and is eighth in games (958), at bats (3623), runs (471), hits (1060), rbi (499), extra base hits (305), total bases (1560), and walks (335)...Had a career major league average of .279 with 2514 hits, 201 homers, and 1106 rbi in 2405 games with Cleveland (1972-78), Texas (1979-85; 1989), Cincinnati (1985-88), and Houston (1988)...Among third basemen, ranks fourth all-time in assists (4925) and is 6th in games (2183)...Managed Detroit from 1996-98 and Colorado from 2000-02 and is currently in second season as bench coach for the Cleveland Indians.
FERGUSON JENKINS, RHP
Recorded 93 of his 284 victories in two stints with the Rangers...Established club records that still stand with 25 wins, 29 complete games, 328 innings, 41 starts, and six shutouts in first season with team in 1974...Tied for the major league in wins and topped American League in complete games...Was selected as the A.L. Comeback Player of the Year as Texas improved from 57 wins in 1973 to 84 victories in 1974...Recorded 16 or more wins four times with the Rangers...Was the team's pitcher of the year in 1974 and 1978...Is Texas' all-time leader in shutouts (17), ranks second in complete games (90), ranks fourth in wins and innings (1410), and is fifth in strikeouts (895) and era (3.56)...Was a 20-game winner for six consecutive years with the Chicago Cubs from 1967-72, capturing the 1971 N.L. Cy Young Award...Ranks 11th all-time with 3192 strikeouts and was 284-226 with a 3.34 era with the Phillies (1965-66), Cubs (1966-73; 1982-83), Rangers (1974-75; 1978-81), and Red Sox (1976-77)...Was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
A distinguished public servant who has served Arlington and Tarrant County for near 50 years as Mayor of Arlington, United States Congressman and currently Tarrant County Judge...Persuaded Dallas and Fort Worth to come together in the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise for the DFW Metroplex, resulting in the construction of Arlington Stadium in 1965...His tireless efforts were rewarded in the fall of 1971 when American League owners approved the transfer of the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas...Served as a Rangers television broadcaster in the 1970's and has been a staunch promoter of the team for over 30 years...Was also instrumental in the deal between the Rangers and City of Arlington to build The Ballpark in Arlington in the early 1990's...Is honored with a statue in the center field plaza that bears his name.
TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
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