Rangers to induct Rogers into HOF on Saturday

Rangers to induct Rogers into HOF on Saturday

DETROIT -- The Rangers have a big weekend ahead when the annual 2011 Alumni Legacy Weekend takes place at the Ballpark in Arlington.

The centerpiece of the weekend will be the induction of former pitcher Kenny Rogers into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. The on-field ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m. CT, with the first pitch of the Rangers-Indians game moved back to 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The festivities begin on Friday with the Dr. Pepper Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will honor Rogers and also features Rangers Hall of Famers Rusty Greer, Tom Grieve, Toby Harrah, Charlie Hough, Nolan Ryan, Ruben Sierra, and Jim Sundberg. Broadcaster Eric Nadel will be the master of ceremonies for the luncheon, which benefits the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

Tickets for the luncheon are priced at $50 for individuals and $500 for tables of eight that include a Rangers alumni/celebrity (subject to availability). Tickets are still available by calling 817-436-5933 or e-mailing foundation@texasrangers.com. Tickets can be picked up at the door.

On Saturday, the gates at the Ballpark in Arlington open at 4:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session with Texas Rangers alumni on the main concourse between home plate and third base between 5:00 and 5:45 p.m. Autographs are free for fans holding tickets to Saturday's game on a first-come, first-served basis. The list of players who will be signing will be posted when the gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Rogers spent 12 seasons with the Rangers in 1989-95, 2000-02 and 2004-05. He was 133-96 with a 4.16 ERA, a three-time All-Star selection and four-time Rangers Pitcher of the Year during his time with Texas. He pitched in 528 games, the most in Rangers history.