03/24/2006 4:17 PM ET
2006 Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame ballot announced; Verizon Yellow Pages and SuperPages.com fan voting to begin on April 3
The Texas Rangers announced today that 18 players have been selected as nominees for 2006 induction into the team's Baseball Hall of Fame.
Verizon Yellow Pages and SuperPages.com fan balloting will take place in April and May to select the player finalists for the Hall of Fame class of 2006. The induction ceremony, as part of the Verizon Yellow Pages and SuperPages.com Hall of Fame Weekend, will take place on Saturday, August 12, prior to the Rangers game with Seattle at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame was created in November 2002 and honors players, managers, coaches, executives and broadcasters for their outstanding service and dedication to the organization. Players who have attained qualifying on-field accomplishments for the Texas Rangers are eligible for selection, provided they have been retired for at least two full seasons as an active player. A media committee of 17 Dallas-Fort Worth writers and broadcasters who have covered the Rangers for a minimum of ten years selected the nominees for the ballot.
The 2006 Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, presented by Verizon Yellow Pages and SuperPages.com is:
JEFF BURROUGHS, OF (1972-76)
TOM GRIEVE, OF (1972-77)
MIKE HARGROVE, 1B (1974-78)
TOBY HARRAH, IF (1972-78, 1985-86)
AL OLIVER, OF (1978-81)
GAYLORD PERRY, RHP (1975-77, 1980)
STEVE BUECHELE, 3B (1985-91, 1995)
DANNY DARWIN, RHP (1978-84, 1995)
PETE O'BRIEN, 1B (1982-88)
LARRY PARRISH, 3B/OF (1982-88)
MICKEY RIVERS, OF (1979-84)
JEFF RUSSELL, RHP (1985-92, 1995-96)
WILL CLARK, 1B (1994-98)
MARK MCLEMORE, 2B (1995-99)
DEAN PALMER, 3B (1989, 1991-97)
ROGER PAVLIK, RHP (1992-98)
MICKEY TETTLETON, DH (1995-97)
BOBBY WITT, RHP (1986-92, 1995-98)
Fan voting will take place at all Texas Rangers home games in April and May, beginning with the home opener on Monday, April 3 versus the Boston Red Sox. Fans will also be able to vote online at the team's official website, texasrangers.com, beginning Monday, April 3. All ballots must be received by May 31, 2006.
Fans may select one player from each decade, up to three players total, on their ballot including any write-in candidate with the final number of inductees to be determined by the Hall of Fame selection committee. The committee may also select up to one non-player (manager, coach, executive, broadcaster) for induction in 2006. The selection committee consists of Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame members, Mr. Tom Hicks, and Mr. Chuck Morgan. The 2006 inductee(s) will be honored with plaques on the third base concourse.
Full information on the Hall of Fame finalists is listed below.
2006 TEXAS RANGERS HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
JEFF BURROUGHS, OF
Years with Rangers: 1972-76
Had career year in 1974 when he was named the AL MVP after batting .301 with 25 homers and 118 RBI...Is one of just 12 Rangers ever to be picked as an All-Star starter...Was named Rangers Player of the Year in 1973 and 1974.
TOM GRIEVE, OF
Years with Rangers: 1972-77
Washington Senators' first pick in the 1966 free agent draft. He made his Major League debut with the Senators in July 1970, then played outfield for the Rangers from 1972 to 1977. Tom was the Rangers Player of the Year in 1976, setting career highs with 20 home runs and 81 RBI. He joined the club's front office in 1980 as director of group sales, became assistant director of player development in 1981, and was promoted to director of player development in 1982. He was named the club's general manager in 1984. He has served as the analyst in the Rangers television booth for 12 years.
MIKE HARGROVE, 1B
Years with Rangers: 1974-78
The first native Texan to play for the Rangers...Made jump from Class A to the majors in 1974 and was named the American League Rookie of the Year by both the BBWAA and The Sporting News...Led the Rangers in hits in both 1976 (155) and 1977 (160) and led the team in average from 1975-77.
TOBY HARRAH, IF
Years with Rangers: 1972-78, 1985-86
Ranks fifth in club history with 1,220 games in a Rangers uniform...Ranks second all-time in stolen bases (143) and walks (668)...Was named to four All-Star squads in his career including three with the Rangers...Was Rangers Player of the Year in 1975, batting .293.
AL OLIVER, OF
Years with Rangers: 1978-1981
Compiled a .319 average in four season with the Rangers, highest in club history...Led the team in batting in 1978, 1979, and 1981 and finished in the league's top eight in hitting all four years with Texas...Posted .324 average in 1978, second-highest in the AL.
GAYLORD PERRY, RHP
Years with Rangers: 1975-77, 1980
Pitched four seasons with Texas, posting 575 strikeouts (ninth all-time)...Ranks among club's all-time leaders with 55 complete games (third) and 12 shutouts (second)... Was team's pitcher of the year in 1975 with a 3.03 era...Tossed 21 complete games in 1976...Inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
STEVE BUECHELE, 3B
Years with Rangers: 1985-1991, 1995
A solid offensive and defensive performer in eight seasons with the Rangers. Posted career year in 1991, batting .267 (111-416) with 18 HR and 66 RBI with Texas. Committed only 3 errors with the Rangers in 1991, setting a Major League record with a .991 (3 E/329 TC) fielding percentage at third base.
DANNY DARWIN, RHP
Years with Rangers: 1978-84, 1995
The "Bonham Bullet" played parts of three decades with the Texas Rangers. He made his Major League debut in September of 1978 striking out the first four hitters that he faced...Set a then club record in 1980, while working as a starter and in relief, by winning eight straight games from May 22 to August 9...Let the Rangers with 98 strikeouts in 1981, the same year he hurled a one-hitter against Boston on April 29...Was named the Rangers Pitcher of the Year in 1980 when he won 13 games for the Rangers.
PETE O'BRIEN, 1B
Years with Rangers: 1982-88
Had three 20-homer seasons with 23 in both 1986 and 1987 setting then club record for a left-handed batter. Was Rangers Player of the Year in 1985 with 22 homers and career high 92 RBI. Ranks sixth in club history in walks (404) and ninth in games (946), at bats (3,351), hits (914), doubles (161), and RBI (487).
LARRY PARRISH, 3B/OF
Years with Rangers: 1982-88
Ranks among Rangers' all-time top ten in seven different offensive categories...Tied an American League record with three grand slams in one week (July 4-10, 1982)...Led team in home runs in 1983, 1984, and 1987...Holds Rangers record with 11 successive games batting in a run (18 RBI), from June 10-20, 1984...Was team player of the year in 1984 and 1986.
MICKEY RIVERS, OF
Years with Rangers: 1979-1984
Posted a career .303 average with Texas, eighth highest in club history. Established then team record with 210 hits, the most in the AL in 1980. His .333 average that year was fourth highest in the league and still ranks as second highest on Rangers' all-time list. Hit safely in then club record 24 straight games in 1980. Was Rangers Player of the Year in 1980.
JEFF RUSSELL, RHP
Years with Rangers: 1985-92, 1995-96
Ranks second on Rangers' all-time lists in appearances and saves and has the eighth lowest earned run average among pitchers with 400 or more innings. As a starter, began 1988 at 7-0 and pitched in All-Star Game. Became team closer in 1989 and led AL with 38 saves, a club record at the time. Joined Rich Gossage as only pitchers to be All-Stars as a starter one year and reliever the next.
WILL CLARK, 1B
Years with Rangers: 1994-98
In first season with club in 1994 batted team high .329 (6th in AL) with 128 hits, 24 homers and a .431 on-base percentage (5th in AL)...Had a .308 career average with Texas, second on the club's all-time list...Holds the Texas Rangers record for fewest errors by a first baseman in a season, committing only four in 1996 and 1997 seasons.
MARK MCLEMORE, 2B
Years with Rangers: 1995-99
Played a key role in the Rangers' three AL West Division titles in 1996, 1998, and 1999...Had consecutive years of 20 or more stolen bases in 1995 and 1996, leading the club with 27 in 1996...Had one of the most dramatic hits in the 1999 season with a game-winning, 3-run, 2-out double in the 9th against Arizona in July. Led the Rangers with five triples in 1995 and led the AL in assists and total chances in 1998. Named the Harold McKinney Good Guy by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the BBWAA in 1998 and the Jim Sundberg Community Service Award winner in 1997.
Years with Rangers: 1989, 1991-97
Rangers third round pick in 1986 and one of the top home run hitters in Rangers history...Hit 38 for the 1996 AL West Champions and led AL third basemen with 33 homers in 1993...Ranks sixth on the Rangers all-time home run list with 154...Is among the Rangers' all-time leaders in runs and extra-base hits...107 RBI in 1996 are second most by a Rangers third baseman.
Years with Rangers: 1992-98
Won 15 games for the 1996 AL West Champions...Hurled a complete game one-hitter at Detroit on May 4, 1996, following Ken Hill's one-hit gem the night before...Recorded his 12th win on July 13, 1996, the second earliest ever by a Rangers pitcher...Pitched for the AL in the 1996 MLB All-Star Game...Was 10th in the AL and led the Rangers with 149 strikeouts in 1995.
Years with Rangers: 1995-97
One of the standout performers and key leaders of the Rangers' first AL West Division championship team in 1996...Led the club in walks in '96, while finishing third on the club with 24 home runs...Has eight career home runs into Ameriquest Field's Upper Home Run Porch, including two in one game on May 14, 1996 vs. Kansas City...Led the Rangers with 32 homers in 1995, his first year with the club...The 32 home runs in 1995 were then a club record for a switch-hitter.
Years with Rangers: 1986-1992, 1995-98
Spent parts of 11 seasons with the Rangers, ranking 2nd in club history with 1,405 strikeouts. Also ranks among the Rangers' all-time leaders with 104 wins (third), 1680.2 innings pitched (third), 276 appearances (fifth) and 33 complete games (fifth). Earned team Pitcher of the Year honors in 1990, posting career-bests in wins (17), strikeouts (221) and ERA (3.36). Set a club record with 12 consecutive wins from June 28-September 6, 1990.