Texas Rangers Retired Jersey Numbers
The Rangers have their own Hall of Fame, complete with retired jersey numbers.
The first is more exclusive than the second. In comparison to the 20 players and other people that have been inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame, only five numbers have been retired.
Ivan Rodriguez #7
Texas retired Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez’s number 3 before the club’s game against the Houston Astros on August 12, 2017. Soon after being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, Rodriguez’s number was retired.
Michael Young #10
In a ceremony held before the Rangers’ game against the Seattle Mariners on August 31, 2019, Michael Young became the fifth Ranger to have his uniform number honored by the organization.
Johnny Oates #26
The Texas Rangers retired number 26 in honor of late manager Johnny Oates on August 6, 2005. He was the club’s 14th full-time manager on October 14, 1994. From 1995-2001, he led the Rangers to their first three-division victories and three playoff berths (1996, 1998, and 1999). In 1996, Oates shared the AL Manager of the Year honors with Joe Torre, and in 1999, he guided the team to a record 95 victories.
Adrian Beltre #29
Texas retired Adrian Beltre’s number 4 before the club’s game against the Oakland Athletics on June 8, 2019.
His 21-year Major League career with the Dodgers (1998-2004), Mariners (2005-2009), Red Sox (2010), and Rangers (2012) ended on November 20, 2018. (2011-18). The most career hits by a non-American are 1151 extra-base hits (14th), 3166 hits (15th), 1707 RBI (21st), and 477 home runs (30th). Only Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray had more hits and home runs.
Nolan Ryan #34
No Ranger will ever wear 34 again, and no pitcher may ever have a career like Nolan Ryan’s. Ryan has the most strikeouts (5,714), no-hitters (7), games with 15 or more strikeouts (26), and strikeouts in a season (19). (383). From 1989-1993, Ryan tossed his sixth and seventh no-hitters (June 11, 1990, and May 1, 1991) and struck out 5,000. Ryan was the only pitcher to strike out 16 or more hitters after the age of 40. He was the first pitcher in the AL to strike out 19 in nine innings (August 12, 1974). His 27 big league seasons are the most ever. During his career, he struck out 9.55 batters per nine innings thrown, allowing a.204 batting average.
Jackie Robinson #42
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he did so for the New York Yankees in 1947.
1997 was the year in which the number was retired from all major league baseball.