Legacy Weekend awaits Rangers fans
Alumni ceremony, luncheon highlight annual event in Arlington
A luncheon involving Hall of Famers, a ceremony honoring Tom Grieve, Eric Nadel and the late Linda Kaye, the Alumni Baseball Game and an Alumni Autograph session highlight the Rangers Alumni Legacy Weekend at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington starting this Friday.
The focus will be on Grieve, Nadel and Kaye, as the Rangers honor them for their years of service before Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Grieve is in his 40th year with the Rangers as a player, front-office executive and broadcaster. He was the Washington Senators' first-round pick in 1966 and moved with the franchise in '72. He was the Rangers' Player of the Year in 1976 and, after his playing career was over, served as general manger from 1984-94. A two-time winner of the Harold McKinney Award, he is in his 14th season as a broadcaster.
"Ever since I was a little boy, the only thing I wanted to be was a baseball player," Grieve said. "Having a chance to be a player and fulfill that goal was incredible. The icing on the cake has been to be able to stay in baseball after my playing career so that except for three months working for Walter V. Love as a painting contractor on Cape Cod for the summer of 1966, the only job I ever had was in baseball.
"I've been very fortunate to spend essentially my entire career with the Rangers, and to be recognized by the Rangers at this stage of my career is something I appreciate very much and look forward to."
Nadel is celebrating his 30th year as a Rangers broadcaster, and he's in his 14th year as their lead broadcaster on radio. A graduate of Brown University, he is a four-time Texas Sportscaster of the Year.
Kaye was the Rangers' team photographer and local media favorite for many years before she passed away last year.
The weekend begins with the Dr. Pepper Rangers Alumni Legacy Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday, featuring a roundtable discussion with Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins and Paul Molitor and Texas Rangers Hall of Fame members Jim Sundberg, Charlie Hough and John Wetteland. Guests will also be treated to an All-Star conversation with Clay Council, Josh Hamilton's pitcher during the State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. For ticket information, call 817-273-5222.
On Saturday, a significant number of former Rangers are scheduled to sign autographs on the main concourse at the Ballpark in Arlington. Among those available are Mike Bacsik, Rich Billings, Mark Brandenburg, David Chalk, Tim Crabtree, Ted Ford, Jim Gideon, Rusty Greer, Jose Guzman, Rich Hand, Don Harris, Dave Hostetler, David Hulse, Jeff Kunkel, Frank Lucchesi, Mark McLemore, Tommy Moore, Mike Munoz, Claude Osteen, Roger Pavlik, Geno Petralli, Lenny Randle, Leon Roberts, Jeff Russell, Scott Sheldon, Mike Simms, Dan Smith, Don Stanhouse, Bill Stein, Ken Suarez, Sundberg, Mickey Tettleton, Todd Van Poppel, Duane Walker and Wetteland.
After the autograph session, the Rangers Alumni Game will take place on the field, followed by a short exhibition with Council pitching to Hamilton. The events will conclude with the ceremony honoring Nadel, Grieve and Kaye.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.