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Ryan, Sundberg team up for ALCS first pitch

Ryan, Sundberg team up for ALCS first pitch

ARLINGTON -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan and vice president Jim Sundberg will do the honors in the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington.

They are currently in the front office, but they are also in the Rangers Hall of Fame and two of the most popular players to wear the Texas uniform. Ryan will throw out the first pitch and Sundberg will catch it.

Ryan pitched for the Rangers from 1989-93 in the final five seasons of his 27-year Major League career. He pitched two no-hitters for the Rangers, struck out his 5,000th batter and won his 300th game during those five years.

Sundberg was with the Rangers at the beginning of his career from 1974-83 and again at the end from 1988-89. He was a three-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner who currently ranks eighth all-time in games caught as a catcher.

Ryan won a World Series as a member of the 1969 New York Mets, and Sundberg was the starting catcher for the Royals in 1985 when they won the World Series.

Country music artist Stoney LaRue, who has appeared in concert at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, will sing the national anthem.

In Game 2, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Sundberg will once again be behind the plate.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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