Texas Rangers stories in the SI Vault

New Home On The Range By Harold Peterson, May 01, 1972 Texas finally opened it -- to joyous approval -- as Frank Howard boomed a mighty home run and all of Ted Williams' transplants chipped in.

Putting A Stop To A Long Slide By Ron Fimrite, June 23, 1986 Thanks to Inky, Dr. Gadget and an empathetic Valentine, the once lowly Texas Rangers are winning.

Rangers Risin' By William Nack, May 01, 1989 In a Texas-sized flip-flop, the Rangers have vaulted to the top with newcomers like Julio Franco and Nolan Ryan.

The Great Survivor By Leigh Montville, April 06, 1992 In seven seasons, Rangers manager Bobby Valentine hasn't even won his division. But he still has his job -- and that's a triumph.

The Lone Ranger By Tom Verducci, September 09, 2002 Everyone knows Alex Rodriguez is baseball's highest-paid player, but unless you're a die-hard fan of last-place Texas, you might not realize he's the best player in the game.

Is There Any Whammy Left In Sammy? By Chris Ballard, March 05, 2007 Suspect slugger Sammy Sosa is hoping for a happy return to baseball with the Rangers, who believe he has enough of that old bat magic to make a difference.

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