National Baseball Hall of Fame

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    September 29, 2014

    A Eulogy for the 2014 Texas Rangers

    The signs were there on opening day. Tanner Scheppers, the Rangers' starting pitcher, was making his first major league start, not because he'd stated a case that he deserved to start the first game of the season, but because of injury. The bullpen, similarly beset by injuries, would melt down in sp ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Eric Nadel Celebrates Birthday, Hall of Fame Induction with Hal Ketchum and Daphne Willis

    It's almost game time on a beautiful afternoon in Houston and free time is incredibly tight for Eric Nadel. The legendary voice of Texas Rangers broadcasts, who would choose Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" as his walkout music from the dugout, did have some time to talk with DC9 before the Rangers ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Rangers' Eric Nadel is Officially the Best Announcer in Baseball

    It's like clockwork. Each October, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announces that Eric Nadel, the longtime voice of the Texas Rangers, is a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award. And every year, the award goes to someone else. Not this time. This morning, the hall of fame declared Nade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Two Decades Later, a Cowboy Gets His Stolen Super Bowl Ring Back

    If wide receiver Lance Alworth isn't in the pantheon of Dallas Cowboys legends, it's because he spent the nine of his 11 Hall of Fame seasons with the San Diego Chargers. But it was with Dallas that he made the two most important catches of his career -- one to convert a third-and-long, the other fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    An Account of the (Toy) Gunman Who Inadvertently Put the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Lockdown

    Last Saturday, the folks taking in the new George W. Bush Presidential Center were briefly under the frightening misimpression that it had come under terrorist attack, as reports of an "active shooter" put the center and SMU on lockdown. Among the visitors were Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winni ... More >>

  • Film

    April 11, 2013
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    March 4, 2013

    Is Nolan Ryan Leaving the Rangers?

    It was only fitting that Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher whose name is more or less synonymous with the Texas Rangers, would swoop in to help save the club from Tom HIcks two-and-a-half years ago. But his tenure in the team's front office may be coming to an end. The Rangers announced late Fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Eric Nadel is a Rangers Hall of Famer

    The Texas Rangers just confirmed what everybody already knew: Eric Nadel is a bad ass.The team announced at a press conference this afternoon that the longtime radio broadcaster, the voice that has narrated, if not propelled, its climb into Major League Baseball's upper ranks, is the 2012 inductee i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    So Long, Pudge Rodriguez

    While the Mavs stare bleakly into James Harden's beard and the Cowboys kick tires ahead of Thursday's draft, the local sports world takes a minute to look longingly in reverse today, over the long, remarkable career of Pudge Rodriguez, arguably the best catcher of all time. (And what is baseball goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Hope Springs Eternal as Yu Darvish Makes His Bow at the Ballpark in Arlington

    Late into the evening yesterday, the sun was sinking over Arlington, but it was still warm out -- 77 degrees, far more spring than winter, perfect first-pitch weather. And the Ballpark in Arlington was open too, of course, to introduce the score of the off-season: Yu Darvish, the 6-foot-5 would-be a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Sierra Missed: Three Former Texas Rangers Are Now on the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

    ​Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro made their debuts on the Baseball Writers' Association of America's 2011 Hall of Fame ballot -- and didn't even come close to finishing near the Top 10 vote-getters. Raffy, poor Raffy, came closest with 64 votes; Juando trailed just behind Palmeiro with 30, two a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Those Rangers Ballpark Improvements Are Just First Wave; More to Come in Two, Three Years

    Photo by Brantley Hargrove​Wilonsky won't say it, but I will: One week after the World Series title slipped from grasp, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is a sad, sad place. It was quiet this afternoon, empty, and the weight of Texas hope had all but evaporated.Instead of announcing an $11.5-million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    If Nothing Else, the Rangers Need to Win World Series Just to Spruce Up Cooperstown Exhibit

    ​The video you'll find after the jump was posted two days ago by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. So far it's been viewed 60 times. In it, John O'Dell, curator of history and research, provides a brief tour of Rangers artifacts in the Hall -- brief, because t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    In the World Series Match-Up Between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Don't Dismiss the Impact of Tony La Russa

    St. Louis CardinalsTony La Russa on the field at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.​For whatever reason, my relationship with baseball went from casual to deeply committed bordering on obsessive during the 1986 baseball season. Like most kids growing up in North Texas, my father taught me to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Now's Your Chance to Help Get Eric Nadel or Mark Holtz in the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Mark Holtz and Eric Nadel​At this late date there should be no need to explain why Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel is a local treasure; he's as much a part of summer 'round these parts as 85-degree lows. I just went back and listened to his final-out call from October 12 -- it still breaks me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Deion Sanders Collaborates With Snoop? Merle Haggard's Got Song About Wash? Yes and Yes.

    The Old School Brother.​It's been a weird, surprisingly musical week in Dallas sports, y'all. For starters, recent Hall of Fame inductee Willie Beamen Deion Sanders is back in action on the hip-hop front. Sanders, you may recall, released a Dallas Austin-produced hip-hop album called Prime Time in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2011

    Upon His Return to Arlington, David Clyde on His Bittersweet Legacy as a Texas Ranger

    Via historicimages-store on eBayThe 18-year-old David Clyde being informed he's now a Texas Ranger in June 1973​We began talking at 11:55 Thursday night and wrapped up some time after 1 Friday morning. But, what else did he have to do? "I'm just drivin'," he said, "somewhere on I-45, a little clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    The Return of David Clyde, Ruben Sierra, Charlie Hough, Buddy Bell and Mickey Tettleton

    ​My 8-year-old has himself a new hobby: collecting baseball cards, which now involves semi-regular trips to Nick's, where, last week, they told him the signed Curtis Wilkerson he found in an old box of Topps commons was real, all right, and worth a good ... what ... 25 cents? Ah -- but what's it w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Texas Rangers and Josh Hamilton Are Fighting the Summer Blues

    ​Alexi Ogando has suddenly produced three consecutive outings of five innings or less. Fourth outfielder David Murphy just went 1 of 9 to drop his average to .233. And the Rangers have lost 12 of their last 19 -- including 3-3 on a homestand against the Astros and Mets -- in clinging to&n ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    Charles Haley and Kenny Rogers Go Hunting For Redemption

    After rocky careers off the field, two local bad boys rehab their reps.

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    June 9, 2011

    Texas Rangers Got Themselves an All-Star Pitcher, a Controversial Hall of Famer, Lots of Draft Picks, a New Hitting Coach and Another Player on Baby Leave. Whew.

    The real deal?​Lots of Texas Rangers' catch-up to spread around today ... *Back in spring training we all watched how Neftali Feliz would react to being stretched out as a potential starter. While Feliz wound up back in the bullpen, Alexi Ogando became the team's oh-by-the-way No. 5 starter. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Dirk's Fever > Miami's Heat

    ​Fittingly, sitting courtside at American Airlines Center last night: Emmitt Smith. What he witnessed was perhaps Dallas-Fort Worth's gutsiest individual performance since, well, his own masterpiece 17 years ago. Yep, on a night when he fought a 101-degree fever, Dirk Nowitzki will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    When Underdogs Rule We're Left With March ... Badness

    ​I picked exactly one team of March Madness' Elite Eight and I long ago lost all of my Final Four (Pittsburgh, Louisville, San Diego State and Washington). But after a weekend of shocking upsets don't tell me your bracket isn't likewise busted. CBS cherishes a Cinderella and Americans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Check That, Neftali Feliz Now Wants To Be a Starting Pitcher

    ​After watching Neftali Feliz hurl an impressive first four innings of Monday's 5-4 exhibition win over the Los Angeles Dodgers here in Surprise, Arizona, I sat down with general manager Jon Daniels to find out exactly where the 22-year-old fireballer fits in this season. Closer? Or starter? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Comedian Daniel Tosh Persuades Me That Barry Bonds and Other Roiders Are HOF'ers

    Courtesy danieltosh.comDaniel Tosh​As a big fan of Tosh.0 -- a 30-minute show on Comedy Central featuring YouTube clips and jokes from comedian Daniel Tosh -- I set my TiVo for Sunday's premiere of Tosh's stand-up special Happy Thoughts. Finally got around to watching it last night. It sucked. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I Have A ... List. Of the Best Black Athletes in the History of Ever

    ​While a lot of you are off work today, take time to remember and refresh the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The rest of us? Let's commemorate MLK Day with an impossible task: Selecting the world's all-time greatest black athletes. First step, choosing the criteria. Sheer athleticism? ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.7.11

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If Bill Parcells fit too snug and Wade Phillips was a size too loose, Jason Garrett fits juuuuust right. *Maybe I'm naive and gullible and biased in favor of Garrett, but until otherwise I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Two Texas Rangers' Sluggers That Won't Be in Baseball's Hall of Fame

      Rafael Palmeiro. Juan Gonzalez. A combined 1,003 home runs. A combined 0% chance of getting inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. The reason? Steroids, of course. Both former Texas Rangers' sluggers are on this year's list of candidates and - sans the drug thing - could make a great case f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 1 - Giants 11, Rangers 7: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    10. Bigger Giants' ass-kicking: New York 41, Cowboys 35 or San Francisco 11, Rangers 7? The football Giants ran off 31 unanswered Monday night in Arlington. The baseball Giants erased an early two-run hole with eight consecutive runs in the middle innings. Either way, ouch. Dare I say toni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    2010 ALCS: Yankees v. Rangers Position-by-Position Breakdown

    ​Gleefully, I was wrong about Rays in 5. In accordance, take this synopsis with a pinch of salt, a hint of lime, a chug of a six pack, then wake up Friday night and watch for yourselves. ALCS rosters won't be set until Friday at 10 a.m. so there could be some tweaks to the Rangers- Yankees b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Texas Rangers Fans: Let's Go Yankees! Clap ... Clap ... ClapClapClap!!

    ​I've seen Mavericks' forward Popeye Jones inadvertently tip a jump ball into his own basket, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers two points. I've seen Cowboys' defensive lineman Leon Lett inexplicably attempt to recover a blocked field goal on an icy Thanksgiving field at Texas Stadium, handing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Should Deion Sanders Go Into the Hall of Fame as a Cowboy?

    ​Deion Sanders played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. Why, then, does it feel like it's a no-brainer that he goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Dallas Cowboy? He's - perhaps reluctantly - ours, right? Former Cowboys Bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Josh Hamilton: More than the MVP

    ​In advance of this week's Observer column on Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton I asked new owner Chuck Greenberg about signing his star to a new, long-term deal next winter. "With his bat and glove and legs and arm and heart, he's our MVP and I think the best player in the game today," ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010
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    August 11, 2010

    Rangers 4, Yankees 3: My Top 10 Observations

    Yeah, but the Rangers' left fielder has reversed the curse. ​10. It's rare that Yankees' Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera surrenders three hits in an inning. And you usually don't win when you commit three errors against the best team in baseball. But each happened last night during the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Basketball's Hall of Shame

    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is hallowed ground. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a sacred shrine. The Basketball Hall of Fame is an absolute joke. I realize it's weird timing, seeing that this year's class - Michael Jordan, Jerry Sloan, David Rob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009


      In light of this weekend's (shocking?) revelation that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids during his 2003 MVP season with your Texas Rangers, I hereby invite a public stoning. And, yes thanks, I'll be happy to chunk the first rocks: *A-Fraud is one of the most disingenuous athl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    43 Observations About Super Bowl XLIII

    Steelers 27, Cardinals 23: Best Super Bowl ever? Santonio Holmes' tip-toe TD: Best Super Bowl catch ever? The Boss: Best Super Bowl halftime show ever? Better late than never, I've got XLIII thoughts about Super Bowl 43: 43. Gotta make it snappy. My free Grand Slam at Denny's is calling. 4 ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    See There, The Grass Ain’t Always Greener

    Jason Garrett had second interviews with the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons about their head coaching jobs. But, come on, he never really had second thoughts about actually leaving the Dallas Cowboys. Garrett’s decision to stay in Dallas and become the team’s unofficial head-coach-in-wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Scattershooting ...

    Um, Terrell Owens, we found at least one "original 81" who ain't you, pal. Response to last week’s homage to Blackie Sherrod was, well, yummier than a plate of scratch biscuits and red-eye gravy. So, yes, in fact, I’ll make this a weekly staple. Riddle me this: Buffalo’s Terrence McGee fields ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Museum's Loaded

    Take us out to MNS

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    September 25, 2007

    Batter Worlds

    From human hands, to leather gloves. On the heels of the highly successful and semi-controversial exhibition delving into the human body, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science this week debuts its kindler, gentler endeavor -- baseball. In conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, the DMNS will host ... More >>

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    July 2, 2007

    How to Get Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Yesterday: Body Worlds. Tomorrow: Batter up. On the heels of the highly successful exhibition delving into the human body, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science’s next endeavor will be a historic examination of baseball. In conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, starting Sept. 28 and running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Texas Rangers Hall of Fame -- Oxymoron Much?

    In our in-box this a.m.: TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS FROM: TEXAS RANGERS COMMUNICATIONS SUBJECT: HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT -- TODAY The Texas Rangers Baseball Club will announce their 2007 Hall of Fame Class TODAY, June 21, at noon in the media interview room. All local media are invited to attend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Last Places or Famous Faces?

    You could head out to Arlington this weekend to watch the dreadful Rangers take on the equally horrible Houston Astros in a laughable battle for something called the Silver Boot. Ya know, cheer our “hero” Sammy Sosa, who smacked all except 587 of his 600 homers in uniforms other than Texas'. (If ... More >>

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    March 21, 2007

    So-So Sosa

    MESA, ARIZONA -- I come to you today live from HoHoKam Park, better known as Wrigley West. It's the little ballpark here where the Chicago Cubs hibernate in the winter. The quaint joint is littered with retirees with bald heads, beer bellies and baseball scorebooks. There are as many walkers in the ... More >>

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    November 2, 2006

    Morning Motivation

    All you gotta do around here is listen and, just through osmosis, you'll learn how to win Cy Young Awards, re-write recent history and, come Monday, be absolutely perfect. Roger Clemens stopped in Dallas today to speak at the SMU Athletic Forum. Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is now chirping "To ... More >>

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    June 30, 2006

    Where Did You Go, Raffy Palmeiro?

    The Rafael Palmeiro most of us remember, before the steroid test that ruined his career. This morning's Baltimore Sun contains the first interview with former Texas Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro since Congress cleared him of lying under oath. The paper's reporting that a year after failing a ... More >>

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