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Rangers to honor Macko on special weekend

Former equipment manager has been with organization since 1971

Rangers to honor Macko on special weekend

MIAMI -- The Rangers will have a private ceremony to honor Joe Macko on Friday before their home game with the Royals. A plaque will be unveiled in the ballpark service tunnel across from the media elevator, halfway between the clubhouses.

Macko has been with the Rangers since they moved to Texas from Washington in 1971. He has served as a member of the front office, the equipment manager and the visiting clubhouse manager. Macko has also represented the Rangers extensively throughout the community.

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Macko had a long career as a Minor League slugger and manager. He was general manager of the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs in 1970-71 before joining the Rangers upon their arrival.

Macko's son Steve played for the Cubs in 1979-80 before his death in 1981 due to testicular cancer. The Steve Macko Fund was established and has endowed many students with scholarships to Baylor University and other institutions.

The ceremony is just a part of the 2014 Texas Rangers Alumni Weekend. It begins with the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. CT Friday.

On Saturday, former club president Tom Schieffer will become the 17th member to be inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. The ceremony will begin at 6:35.

Former Rangers players will sign autographs in the main concourse before all three games this weekend.

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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