Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers

From BR Bullpen

In 1960 the Dallas Rangers and Fort Worth Panthers merged, hoping to join the planned Continental League. The Continental did not pan out and the merged team became known as the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers. Alternating games between Burnett Field in Dallas and LaGrave Field in Fort Worth, the team went 64-90, 72-77 and 59-90 in their three seasons in the American Association, never finishing higher than fifth of six teams. Twice they finished last. Dean Chance was a member of the 1961 team while Dick Tomanek led the AA in Ks in '60 and Leo Burke led in homers in '62 to put some bright spots on a horrendous team.

When the AA dissolved, the team joined the Pacific Coast League. Tony Oliva was the club's biggest name (in retrospect) and Cesar Tovar also went on to a solid career. The team also featured 20-homer seasons from 36-year old Ray Jablonski, Jay Ward and George Banks - while clearly superior to prior Rangers clubs, this one was average overall.

After Tommy Mercer bought the team, he divided it back into Dallas and Fort Worth components, sending the latter back to the Texas League and returning the Dallas Rangers name for one season.

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1960 64-90 8th Jim Fanning
1961 72-77 5th Walker Cooper
1962 66-81 6th Dick Littlefield (39-51) / Ray Murray (27-30)
1963 79-79 5th (t) Jack McKeon