» August 23, 1991: The Rangers 6-1 win over the Royals is marked by an unusual play in the 8th inning. KC's 2B Terry Shumpert is charged with a 4-base error when he collides with RF Danny Tartabull while going back on a short fly hit by Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez and the two runners in front of him score as the ball rolls all the way to the warning track.
» June 7, 1992: OF Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers hits three home runs, including a 2-run homer in the 8th, against the Twins. Texas needs them all winning, 54. Witt is the winner.
» July 26, 1992: Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter, reaching that mark for a record 23rd year in a row. He subdues the Orioles 62 and passes Phil Niekro as number 12 on the all-time win list with 319. Juan Gonzalez helps with a 450 foot homer to CFthe longest yet at Camden Yards.
» October 4, 1992: Juan Gonzalez has three hits, including his American League-high 43rd homer, one better than Mark McGwire, to pace the Rangers to 95 win over California. Dean Palmer also homers, both coming off Bert Blyleven, to help Kevin Brown win his 21st.
» June 17, 1993:
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home eight runs in the Rangers' 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and home run in his four hits. Doug Strange has four hits and Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro also homer.
» August 28, 1993: Texas OF Juan Gonzalez hits three home runs in the Rangers' 11-1 win over the Orioles.
» April 19, 1996: The host Rangers show no mercy in running up the largest score in the A.L. in 41 years and trouncing the league-leading Orioles, 267. Sixteen of the runs come in the 56-minute 8th inning, their last at bat, and the largest 8th inning tally in baseball history. The inning is highlighted by Kevin Elster's grand slam off O's backup IF Manny Alexander. Manny, no Grover Cleveland Alexander, walks four including three with the bases loaded, but does manage to get an out. For O's reliever Jesse Orosco, it's a bad two days as he gives up 12 earned runs in two 1/3 innings: The two outings raise his season ERA from 1.52 to 3.40. Juan Gonzalez hits two homers and has six RBIs, while Dean Palmer (2) and Will Clark also add round-trippers. O's manager Johnson fumes when Mickey Tettleton takes 3B with Texas ahead 207: "I've seen it all, but guys tagging up from second with an 18-run lead, it's ridiculous." Texas manager Johnny Oates, who still carries a clipping from a 1983 IL game when Johnson, with a 9-run lead, had his team stealing against Oates' squad, counters, "Davey didn't have to use an infielder to pitch in that inning."
» May 3, 1996: Ranger P Ken Hill gives up a 1st-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson, then retires 26 straight batters as Texas batters Detroit, 110. It is the 2nd one-hitter of his career. Texas is led by Juan Gonzalez, who knocks in four runs.
» October 1, 1996:
The Rangers top the Yankees, 6-2, in the 1st game of their American League Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.
» October 4, 1996:
The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning to defeat the Rangers, 2-1, despite Juan Gonzalez's 4th home run of the series. NY takes a 2-games-to-1 lead.
» October 5, 1996: The Yankees win their series against the Rangers, taking Game four by a score of 6-4. Bernie Williams homers twice for NY, while Juan Gonzalez hits a record-tying 5th home run for Texas.
» November 14, 1996:
Texas star Juan Gonzalez beats out Seattle's Alex Rodriguez for the AL MVP. He averaged 1.08 RBI per game, the best ratio in the majors since 1938. He finished the year with 47 homers and 144 RBI.
» May 10, 1997:
After missing April due to a hand injury, Juan Gonzalez shows his old clout, hitting a grand slam and knocking in six runs in the Rangers 115 win over the Red Sox.
» September 2, 1997: Trailing 12-7, the Rangers score six runs in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 13-12 victory over the Dodgers. Juan Gonzalez and Lee Stevens each poke four hits for Texas.
» April 2, 1998: Kevin Elster, Mike Simms, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Lee Stevens all homer as Texas pounds out a 204 win over the White Sox. The Rangers, with 23 safeties, tie an American League record as nine players have two or more hits in the contest.
» April 28, 1998: Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home two runs in the Rangers 72 win over the Twins, giving him a major league record 35 RBIs for the month of April. Tino Martinez had 34 in 1997.
» May 6, 1998:
In a wild game, the Yankees (226) beat the Rangers, 15-13, after jumping out to a 9-0 lead with two in the 1st and seven in the 2nd. But the Rangers came back with seven in the 3rd. After the Yankees score four in the top of the 4th, the Rangers score three to cut the lead to 13-10, then tie it with three in the 6th. Jorge Posada's RBI single gives the Yankees the lead in the 8th. Derek Jeter has four hits, including a triple and homer, and five RBI, while Paul O'Neill contributes three hits, two runs, two RBI, a double and a home run. Juan Gonzalez has three hits, five RBI, three runs and a home run for the Rangers. The game is a turning point for David Wells. After Wells allows seven runs on seven hits in two 2/3 innings, he receives a tongue lashing from Joe Torre which proves therapeutic.
» August 28, 1998:
Juan Gonzalez, Will Clark, and Ivan Rodriguez hit successive home runs in the 4th inning of the Rangers' 65 win over the White Sox in the 1st game of a twinbill. Chicago takes the nightcap, 87, as the two teams combine to hit 14 home runs in the doubleheader to tie an American League record.
» August 31, 1998:
Texas defeats Detroit, 132, as OF Juan Gonzalez gets four long hits, including two doubles, a triple and a homer, and drives home seven runs. Gonzalez now has 143 ribbies on the year.
» September 19, 1998:
Texas strikes two home run marks today. Mike Simms of the Rangers hits his 16th home run of the year to tie the major league mark for most home runs with less than 200 at bats in a season. Eddie Robinson of the Yankees and Bob Thurman of the Reds accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1957, respectively. Juan Gonzalez belts his 300th career homer, off Jimmy Haynes, but the Rangers lose to Oakland, however, 84.
» November 10, 1998:
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez is named the American League MVP. Gonzalez drove in 101 runs by the All-star break, and his 157 RBIs was the most in the AL in 49 years.
» May 2, 1999: Texas DH Rafael Palmeiro has three hits, including his 2,000th, and Juan Gonzalez hits his 3rd home run in three games as the Rangers beat the Indians, 86.
» June 3, 1999: Tampa Bay OF Quinton McCracken undergoes surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out the rest of the season. McCracken caught his cleats in the wall trying to catch what turned out to be a home run by Juan Gonzalez.
» June 25, 1999: Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez each hit two homers and drive home five runs. to lead Texas to a 144 win over Seattle.
» September 3, 1999:
The Rangers beat the White Sox, 104 and now have five players with 20+ home run for the 1st time in team history: Rafael Palmeiro (41), Juan Gonzalez (32), Ivan Rodriguez (31), Lee Stevens (22), Todd Zeile (20). Rusty Greer (18) will join them.
» September 24, 1999:
The Rangers beat the Athletics, 12-4, as Texas OF Juan Gonzalez strokes three home runs. Gonzalez adds a single and drives home five runs for the Rangers.
» November 2, 1999: The Rangers trade OF Juan Gonzalez, P Danny Patterson and C Gregg Zaun to the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, OF Gabe Kapler, C Bill Haselman, and IF Frank Catalanotto.
» January 9, 2001: The Indians sign free agent OF Juan Gonzalez to a contract.
» April 2, 2001:
David Wells pitches six strong innings and Magglio Ordonez hits a 3-run as the White Sox beat the Indians, 74 in the opener for both teams. Colon gives up all seven Chicago runs. The bright spot for the Tribe is Juan Gonzalez, who bangs two homers, the 1st Indian with two home runs on Opening Day since Duke Sims, in 1968. Gonzalez also became just the 4th player to twice hit two home runs on Opening Day (Eddie Mathews: 1954, 1958; Raul Mondesi: 1995, 1999; Joe Torre: 1965, 1966).
» January 9, 2002: The Rangers sign free agent OF Juan Gonzalez to a 2-year contract.
» June 18, 2002: The Cubs defeat Texas, 43, as for the first time in ML history, four members of the 400HR club play in the same game. Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez start for the Rangers and Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff for Chicago.
» July 19, 2002:
Oakland defeats Texas, 100, behind Cory Lidle's 1hitter. The Rangers' only hit is Juan Gonzalez's leadoff 2B in the 8th inning.