Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1983 Texas Rangers

Back when I wrote about the '83 Cardinals, I mentioned Willie McGee winning a batting title while with another team in another league. A similar thing happened to the Rangers in 1983. Rick Honeycutt won the AL ERA title, but finished the season with the Dodgers after being traded for future ace Dave Stewart.

This was another in a string of below average Ranger teams in the mid 1980s.

Best Player: George Wright...who? well he led the team in runs scored and was second in RBI, second in homers, and second in batting average. He played in all 162 games. I don't know much about him, but his last major league season was in 1986 with the Expos and he was in the minor leagues through 1991.

Best Pitcher: Charlie Hough...he pitched in 9 more games and 80 innings than Rick Honeycutt and led the team in wins and strikeouts.

All-Stars: Rick Honeycutt

Hall-of-Famers: none

Rookie Card of the Year: Pete O'Brien, got some MVP votes in 1986 while with the Rangers, was sent to the Indians prior to the 1989 season in the package to bring in Julio Franco, played one year with the Indians, and then signed as a free agent with the Mariners and finished his career in 1993 there. Decent decade long career....apologize for the card picture above, but I have no cards out of the 1983 Topps Traded set.

Other rookies: Terry Bogener (listed under retired players), Dave Hostetler, Bob Johnson, Mike Richardt, Dave Schmidt, Mike Smithson, Wayne Tolleson, Don Werner (under retired players), George Wright

First Ranger cards: Larry Biittner, Bucky Dent, Darrell Johnson (under retired players), Odell Jones, Paul Mirabella (listed under Baltimore Orioles), Doug Rader, Dave Tobik

Most interesting non-Topps card: There was only one Ranger in the other sets that wasn't in the Topps sets. That would be Terry Bogener's card in the Donruss set. He is listed under the retired players checklist. He played in 24 games with the 1982 Rangers and that was it for his major league career.

__ TO 665 C Jim Sundberg TEX
__ TT 81 1B Pete O'Brien TEX
__ TT 114 2B Wayne Tolleson TEX
__ TO 565 SS Bucky Dent TEX
__ TO 330 3B Buddy Bell TEX
__ TO 641 LF Billy Sample TEX
__ TO 299 CF George Wright TEX
__ TO 776 RF Larry Parrish TEX
__ TO 584 DH Dave Hostetler TEX
__ TO 224 DH Mickey Rivers TEX
__ TO 64 IF Bill Stein TEX

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 479 SP Charlie Hough TEX
__ TT 106 SP Mike Smithson TEX
__ TO 557 SP Rick Honeycutt TEX
__ TO 609 SP Danny Darwin TEX
__ TO 272 SP Frank Tanana TEX

Relief Pitchers
__ TT 50 CL Odell Jones TEX
__ TO 534 RP John Butcher TEX

SP Dave Stewart
__ TO 749 RP Jon Matlack TEX

Other Players
__ TT 48 C Bob Johnson TEX
__ TT 10 UT Larry Biittner TEX

MI Jim Anderson
__ TO 371 2B Mike Richardt TEX

UT Bob Jones

IF Curt Wilkerson

UT Tom Dunbar

C Donnie Scott

OF Nick Capra
__ TO 144 SS Mark Wagner TEX
__ TO 116 RP Dave J. Schmidt TEX
__ TT 113 RP Dave Tobik TEX

RP Victor Cruz

RP Tom Henke

RP Mike Mason

SP Al Lachowicz

RP Ricky Wright

__ TT 91 MG Doug Rader TEX

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