In 1977, the Rangers were a 94 win team, but the Royals won 102 that year. After 1977, the Rangers had a decent run of above .500 teams. In 1982 the Rangers got rid of Al Oliver and Fergie Jenkins. Probably even worse also traded Ron Darling and Walt Terrell, future pitching stars, for Oliver's replacement in Lee Mazzilli. The Rangers came crashing to earth with this 1982 version that was just a few losses north of a 100 loss season.
Buddy Bell...he led the team in batting average, hits, and OBP and co-led the team in RBI (with 67!). He was second on the team in home runs and runs scored.
One of the bigger bats in this line-up, Dave Hostetler, who came in 6th in rookie of the year voting, didn't have a card in 1982.
Charlie Hough led the team in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched. He had 16 wins and a winning record for this team that only won 64 games overall.
Rookie Card of the Year
Only one player on this roster had a card that could arguably be considered a rookie card, and that would be Randy Bass. He is shown on his 1982 Topps card in a Padres uniform and played with both the Padres and Rangers in 1982, I am putting him on this cheklist as he played more time with the Rangers. His rookie card is actually in the 1979 Topps set on the Royals prospects card, but he appeared in the 1982 set on his own card for the first time.
Most Interesting Non-Topps Card
There was only one of these, and that was the card for manager Don Zimmer in the Donruss set. He was one of two managers for this Rangers squad, being let go in mid-season. He wouldn't reappear again as a manager until 1988 with the Cubs.
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