How Will the Texas Rangers Celebrate 40 Years in Arlington? With Lots of Throwin' Back.

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Since every Cowboys game is a Game 6 these days, it's time to look to the 2012 baseball season, when Your Texas Rangers will celebrate 40 years in Arlington. And for those of us who've been going to games since first pitch at Arlington Stadium (thanks, Dad), today's announcement is full of all kinds of retro goodness.

For starters, at various points throughout the season the team will don Rangers unis of old -- even the power-blues of the Bicentennial season, for which I have a very soft spot. In addition, the patch you see here will decorate team jerseys throughout the '12 season -- and if you really dig 'em you'll be able to purchase beginning, oh, right now at the Majestic Grand Slam Shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (The outlying Rangers outlets won't have 'em till later in the week.) And a parade of former Rangers greats will be at the Ballpark during home games. (Perhaps now would also be a good time to give David Clyde a contract of some kind so he can collect his pension?)

Jump for all the details, including throwback-uni dates and giveaway deets. And I do need a replacement for my 1974 cap.
TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON IN 2012

Club to wear anniversary patch; four "turn-back-the-clock" uniforms games planned

Arlington, TX--The Texas Rangers today announced a number of initiatives that will be taking place in conjunction with the team's 40th Anniversary season in 2012.

The Rangers first year in Texas was 1972 after the franchise moved from Washington, D.C. following the 1971 season.

"We have a number of special initiatives planned to commemorate our 40th Anniversary," commented Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan. "A number of memorable events and players have been a part of this franchise since 1972, and we will recognize our history all season."

The Rangers will wear a 40th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve of the team's white, blue, red, and grey jerseys throughout the 2012 season. The red, blue, and grey patches in the shape of the State of Texas will make their debut on the Rangers blue jerseys worn for all spring training games.

In addition, the team has scheduled four "Turn-Back-The-Clock" games in 2012 when the club will wear the home uniform from a different year in Rangers history. The visiting club on each date will be in the road uniforms of the respective years. In addition, the first 30,000 fans will receive a 40th Anniversary promotional item on each date.

The schedule for the 40th Anniversary Turn-Back-The-Clock Games:

Saturday, May 12 vs. Los Angeles Angels--1974 white home uniform
Giveaway: 1974 Rangers Cap

Saturday, June 16 vs. Houston--1986 white home uniform
Giveaway: Nolan Ryan Retro T-Shirt

Saturday, July 7 vs. Minnesota--1994 white home uniform
Giveaway: 40th Anniversary Mug

Saturday, August 11 vs. Detroit--1976 powder blue home uniform
Giveaway: Powder Blue T-Shirt

There will be other special events scheduled for each of those weekends with music for the Friday Fireworks Shows reflecting the respective decades.

The Rangers will also be naming a 40th Anniversary All-Time Team selected in fan balloting to be honored on Saturday, August 11. The local chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research is currently putting together a list of the 40 Most Memorable Moments in Rangers history that will have several applications next season.

Prior to each home game in 2012, a different former Ranger will deliver the game ball to the mound.

In conjunction with today's announcement, Rangers 40th Anniversary merchandise will go on sale this afternoon at the Majestic Grand Slam Shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Items available will include authentic white home jerseys with the 40th Anniversary patches, adult T-Shirts, and framed commemorative pieces. Fans will also be able to purchase the 40th Anniversary patches separately. The merchandise will be available at the Dallas and Fort Worth Team Shops later in the week.

More 40th Anniversary plans will be announced as they are finalized.

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24 comments
guest
guest

Sorry to bring some testosterone into the conversation...but who gives a rats ass what they wear as long as they win. Damn, you dudes sound worse than those metrosexuals hanging out around the Uptown bars!

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Saturday June 16 - I bet the 'stros wear their 1986 Rainbow unis.  Great!

fred
fred

The should celebrate by announcing plans to build a new ballpark in Downtown Dallas, where they might actually be able to fill the stadium on a regular basis.

Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill

Exactly what the Rangers need.  More uniforms.  As if four jerseys, two pants, and two hats wasn't enough. 

This is baseball.  White at home.  Grey on the road.  It worked for 100 years before the game was ruined by marketing majors.  Think the Yankees would ever stoop to this kind of nonsense?

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Really wish they'd go back to the powder-blue unis full time. So classic. After all, shouldn't Texas distance from wearing red? When they play the Angels, it looks like an intersquad game.

phe_75034
phe_75034

The '84 unis were the best - "Rangers" in tilted script. I'm with ya on the cap, RW. I actually miss my red '95 edition more, though.

And, yes. I feel old.

Lee
Lee

And, as a treat to everyone, Ted Williams' frozen head will be throwing out the first pitch next season!

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

....aaaaa the stereotypical blast of Uptown, that is always a good key to what someone is really about

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

guest, you're a troll and you're not gonna get a heated reply.

if you don't like the topic, click on the 'back' arrow.

Peace.

Guest
Guest

The Rangers are never leaving Arlington...EVER! The ballpark is only 18 years old and the team has invested several million dollars into upgrades over the past few years. It's still a beautiful park and has many great years ahead of it. 

What fantasy world are you living in? Why in the hell would you even think the City of Dallas would be willing to build a ballpark for them? Next time you're out at the ballpark, take a look out to the west. That big domed structure over there should always be a reminder of what a failure the Dallas City Council and Dallas County Commissioners court is and will continue to be. 

Get use to it. If you want to attend Cowboys or Rangers games, you will drive to Arlington for the rest of your life for them.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

The Rangers are doing just fine in Arlington. As much as I hate driving out there for ballgames, there is a loyal fan base in Tarrant County, the ballpark is still one of the best in the game and that attendance number mentioned by MushMouth1? Easily the highest in franchise history.

A much better idea, and it's one I've suggested before, is for someone to buy the Tampa Bay Rays and relocate them to downtown Dallas or Fair Park.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

2011 attendance 2,946,949. Average of 36,382 with capacity of 49,170 - translates to 74% which you could pretty easily see anytime you went to a game.

Never let the facts get in the way.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Attendance hasn't been a problem since the new ownership took over, dingus.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

BB, I-35 runs both ways..don't let the barbed wire fence hit you on the ass as you're crossing the Red!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

fuck the yankees ok.  this aint new york, we dont want to be new york, we are texas and the texas fucking rangers.  Trying to be new york never works, right Tom Hicks and Dallas City Hall! 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I couldn't agree more Sam and Bob...can't believe it..thought I was the only one that loved the powder blues..(Hate the red too..too much like the Angelos and ding dang St Louis)

While we're bringing stuff back, I want my oldtimey baseball Ranger logo back as well.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I love the powder blues especially since that was the color the royals wore when I was growing up in KC.  Would make such a nice look on the field.  Would love to see Kins in his knee high powder blue pants.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Still have my cap from '94, complete with the metal 125th anniversary MLB logo attached to the back. Doesn't fit anymore though.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't know the exact year the lease runs out, but if you follow most stadium trends of the past few decades you really can't expect them to keep the Ballpark much past 2025. Either the team will spearhead a new facility with a retractable roof or another metroplex city will start lobbying them to relocate. It could very well stay in Arlington, but the stadium isn't so classic it's going to get the lifespan of a Wrigley or Fenway.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I kinda liked the white homes with the red caps last year.

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