Third baseman Buddy Bell poses with his son David in the Rangers' dugout. Bell, a member of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, was a five-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner.
2 of 17Ronald C. Modra/SI
Hough tosses a pitch against the Blue Jays in 1989. A member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, Hough was an All-Star in 1986.
3 of 17Ronald C. Modra/SI
Current Rangers president Nolan Ryan looks over some papers during an SI photo shoot. The Hall of Fame pitcher and eight-time All-Star threw a major-league record seven no-hitters in his career, but never won a Cy Young.
4 of 17John Iacono/SI
Juan Gonzalez and Jose Canseco
Gonzalez (left) and Canseco chat before a contest against the New York Yankees in 1992. Gonzalez won two AL MVP Awards -- one in 1996 and one in 1998 -- with the Texas Rangers.
5 of 17Bob Rosato/SI
Rogers walks off the mound at Pro Player Stadium in Florida during his final season with the Rangers. Rogers pitched for Texas from 1989 to 1995 and pitched a perfect game on July 28, 1994, against the Angels.
6 of 17John Iacono/SI
Canseco welcomes photographers to the gun show during spring training in 1994. Canseco, the 1988 AL MVP, played for the Rangers from 1992 to 1994.
7 of 17Ronald C. Modra/SI
Pudge poses for the Aug. 11, 1997, cover of Sports Illustrated. The catcher is a 14-time All-Star, a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a seven-time Silver Slugger. He won his only league MVP award with the Rangers in 1999.
8 of 17John Iacono/SI
Perhaps the Rangers traded A-Rod to the Yankees because his head was getting too big -- although everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas. Rodriguez won two Gold Gloves and an AL MVP award with Texas before he was shipped to New York.
9 of 17V.J. Lovero/SI
Sierra pops up a ball against the Anaheim Angels in 2003. That was also the year the Rangers traded reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias.
10 of 17David E. Klutho/SI
Young turns a double play against the Houston Astros in 2004. The infielder has played his entire career in Texas. He is a seven-time All-Star and winner of the 2005 AL batting title.
11 of 17Greg Nelson/SI
Nelson poses in the Rangers' dugout with his pet snake Angel. Although Loe, now with the Milwaukee Brewers, stands at 6-9, his 7-foot boa constrictor is even taller.
12 of 17Peter Read Miller/SI
Sosa poses for a picture during spring training. He played two seasons in Texas, his rookie year in 1989 and his final MLB season in 2007.
13 of 17Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Josh Hamilton walks at Fenway Park during his first season with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers traded Edison Volquez and Danny Herrera to the Reds for the 2010 AL MVP.
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Nolan Ryan, Mike Maddux, Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis
Hall of Fame pitcher and current Rangers president Nolan Ryan (center) poses with part of his organization's pitching staff. C.J. Wilson paced a Ranger's rotation that had the 13th best regular season ERA in the American League.
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The Rangers celebrate defeating the Yankees' to win their first AL pennant, in 2010. The Rangers would go on to lose the World Series to the Giants in five games.
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Jim Sundberg and Ferguson Jenkins
Sundberg (left) shakes hand with Jenkins after the ceremonial first pitch in Game 2 of the ALCS. Sundberg was Jenkins' catcher during the Hall of Fame pitcher's two seasons with the Rangers.
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Cruz holds up the ALCS MVP award he earned after helping the Rangers defeat the Tigers in six games. The Rangers have won back-to-back AL pennants, earning them their only two World Series appearances in franchise history.
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