ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – September 30, 1971, Washington Senators shortstop Toby Harrah is sitting at the plate in the top of the 9th inning against the New York Yankees. 14,000 bored and frustrated fans watch Harrah’s plate appearance end as Tommy McCraw is caught stealing second. Just after the bottom of the 9th begins, fans storm the field, giving an inglorious end to the Senators time in D.C.READ MORE: Dallas County Sheriff's Department Investigating Fatal Accident On I-30
By 1972 Harrah and the rest of the Senators relocate to a refurbished minor league stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Texas Rangers are born.
That July, despite being injured, Toby Harrah is selected as the first man to represent the Texas Rangers at the All-Star game, setting the stage for what’s to come.READ MORE: Relatively Boring Week Ahead Weather-wise, But Could We See A Few Snowflakes?
That might aptly describe Toby Harrah’s career in Texas. A team leader in his two stints in Arlington, Harrah still ranks among the top on the Rangers all-time list for hits and 9 other offensive categories.
Harrah even shares one of the more quirky records in franchise history with teammate Bump Wills. The two men hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on August 27, 1977 at Yankee Stadium.
After retirement Toby Harrah had a stint as the Rangers manager. He guided the club for the second half of the 1992 season.MORE NEWS: 'A Step Towards Healing And Normalcy' Colleyville Synagogue Holds Services A Week After Hostage Standoff
But for his work in the infield at Arlington Stadium, and his work at the plate of American League stadiums across the country, Toby Harrah has now been named the 13th Best Ranger Ever.