The Rangers announced Wednesday that Kenny Rogers, one of the most prolific pitchers in club history, has been elected as the 14th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rogers will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame during pregame ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 6, before the Rangers host the Cleveland Indians.
Rogers pitched with six teams over a 20-year career, but is best known for his three stints with the Rangers, totaling 12 years.
"I felt at home here," Rogers said of his time pitching in Arlington. "I came back time and time again ... this is the place where I learned the game of baseball."
He pitched in more games (528) than any other pitcher in club history, starting almost half of them, and compiled a 133-96 record with Texas. Rogers' 1,201 strikeouts for the Rangers put him third on the team's all-time list behind Charlie Hough and Bobby Witt.
Rogers joins Hough, Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins and John Wetteland as the only pitchers in the Rangers Hall of Fame.
"Those guys are true Hall of Fame representative guys for baseball, and I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be included in any way with guys of that caliber," Rogers said.
Rogers also threw the only perfect game in Rangers history on July 28, 1994, against the California Angels. He said Wednesday that what he remembers most is how simple the success came to him that night.
"In that one game, from pitch one to the last pitch, I never had one millisecond of a negative thought through the whole game," Rogers said, "and that is an accomplishment in itself."
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.