Burlington (NC) Rangers
- Location: Burlington, NC
- League: Carolina League 1972
- Affiliation: Texas Rangers 1972
- Ballpark: Burlington Athletic Park
When the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers, their Carolina League affiliate promptly changed names as well, from the Burlington Senators to the Burlington Rangers. Burlington was considered a "co-op" club. This meant other MLB organizations, most prominently the Philadelphia Phillies in this case, supplied players as well as the Texas Rangers. The last (as of 2006 at least) Burlington, NC team of many in the Carolina League, the Rangers were 77-61 under manager Frank Gable (43-25 in the first half to take the title) and dropped the finals 2 games to 1 to the Salem Pirates. Outscoring their opponents 611-546, the Rangers let in the fewest runs in the league. Only 18,222 fans came out to see them, the fewest in the loop. Burlington did host the 1972 Carolina League All-Star Game with MLB Commisisoner Bowie Kuhn in attendance. Making the All-Star team were 2B Mike Cubbage (.281/~.403/.398) and P Dick Kemp (11-5, 2.38), the latter of whom just missed the ERA title, falling four innings short of qualifying. OF Dane Iorg (.321/~.418/.475) and P Steve Foucault (7-0, 12 Sv, 0.45, 20 H, 55 K in 40 IP) had impressive seasons.
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Source: 1973 Baseball Guide