Wild Card Wednesday – Texas Rangers

Last week, the Houston Astros were featured.  I’m going to stay in Texas and look at the Ranger cards in my collection.  Now, the Rangers didn’t have uniforms as memorable as their in-state rivals, but some of their sartorial choices…whoooooo boy.

Also, Lots and Lots and Lots of cards of Rangers who went on to play with the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was a big Danny Darwin fan…apparently.

Rangers through the years.  I really think that TOPPS could have picked a photo of Len Randle after he got a hit instead of after he popped out to second.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Toby Harrah’s progression of cards looks like what a series of photos of me would be like this offseason.

Rangers legends

Rangers legends

These guys aren’t bad either and each have interesting stories.  Not as interesting as Dock Ellis’s.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Some team photos, Ranger managers, future managers, and team leaders….Yep. Buddy Bell and Al Oliver were really, really good.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

I had forgotten the red softball jerseys – worn by Larry Parrish and  Pete O’Brien – of the Rangers.  I wish I could forget them now.  Bob Jones wore those glasses everywhere.  Probably still has that exact pair today.

Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Also…Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Image #1 of future Brewers as Rangers.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

Image two of future Brewers as Rangers.

Four, count 'em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Four, count ‘em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Rangers who went on to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame!  How good was Fergie Jenkins?  He won 25 games – with 29 complete games – for the Rangers in 1974.  The card displayed here is for his second tour of duty with Texas

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season.  He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season. He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

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