Texas marks 40th anniversary of home opener

Texas marks 40th anniversary of home opener

DETROIT -- Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the Rangers' first game in Arlington. The Rangers, after moving from Washington D.C. in the offseason, played their first four games on the road before opening at Arlington Stadium on April 21, 1972.

The Rangers, who had lost three of four, won their home opener with a 7-6 victory over the Angels. Dick Bosman beat Clyde Wright, and Frank Howard hit the first home run with a blast to center field in the first inning.

Tom Grieve, on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, was 2-for-4 as the Rangers' left fielder.

"The only thing I remember about that day was standing on the first-base line wearing a cowboy hat and [manager] Ted Williams standing on first base wearing cowboy boots with spikes, and thinking how different this was going to be," Grieve said. "It was also obvious that it wasn't going to be a sellout, which was automatic in Washington on Opening Day. But I was just happy to be on the Opening Day roster, whether or not I was wearing a cowboy hat or the stands were full."

The Rangers were supposed to open the season at home. But the players began the season on strike, and the first 10 days of games were cancelled and not replayed.