The Texas Rangers Story Today: Enrolling Two Fan Favorites into the Franchise Hall of Fame
On this date in franchise history, the team inducted their fourth and eighth classes into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, five years apart.
On August 11, 2007, the Rangers added a player to their Hall of Fame, outfielder Rusty Greer. And, on August 11, 2012, the Rangers dedicated their longtime host, Eric Nadel.
Greer became a fan favorite as an outfielder for the Rangers from 1994 to 2002, when he played his entire Major League career in Texas. His almost carefree style of play in central field, which included running into walls and diving headfirst for loose balls, has earned him a reputation as a die-hard player.
Greer was on the field for virtually every highlight of the Rangers’ first 10 seasons at Globe Life Park in Arlington. That includes three American League West crowns, the franchise’s first home playoff game and the first perfect game in team history, started by Kenny Rogers. In fact, Greer’s fearless playstyle led to one of the defining moments of that night.
Greer ended up hitting .305 with 119 homers and 614 RBIs in his nine-year career. He has never reached the All-Star Game or won a Golden Glove.
No broadcaster has worked more games with the Rangers than Nadel, who joined the KRLD Radio team in 1979 and rarely missed a game. He worked with Ranger Hall of Fame member Mark Holtz, legendary Cowboys host Brad Sham (who moonlighted for a few years with the Rangers), Vince Cotroneo, Victor Rojas, Dave Barnett, Steve Busby, Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler, among others.
Known for his brand appeal, “That Ball is History” and his near-encyclopedic knowledge of music, Nadel won the Ford Frick Award for Excellence as a Broadcaster in 2014, securing him a place in the Canadian Hall of Fame. baseball.
Also on this date …
August 11, 1996: On his first start with the Texas Rangers, John Burkett managed a full shutout, just the second Rangers player to accomplish the feat on his first start with the team.
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