Since the inception of the Rangers franchise in 1972, the team has played in three stadiums in Arlington. Though a shortened 2020 season took some of the luster off the opening of the new Globe Life Field, the venue will have plenty of time to be broken in. Before that, Texas played at Globe Life Park from 1994-2019, and it housed plenty of historic moments to go around.
MLB.com takes a look at the top moments from Globe Life Park, also known as The Ballpark in Arlington:
1) 2010 American League Championship Series Game 6: Oct. 22, 2010
The Game 6 win over the reigning World Series champion Yankees sent the Rangers to their first World Series, and it earned them the first of their back-to-back pennants. Texas would go on to lose to the Giants in five games in the World Series, but the significance of the moment should not be overlooked.
Fittingly, it was former Ranger Alex Rodriguez who watched a 1-2 curveball sail past him and struck out looking to end the series, sending his former team to the Fall Classic. Neftalí Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two to shut the door.
2) Kenny Rogers pitches perfect game: July 28, 1994
Rogers pitched the first and only perfect game in Rangers history, blanking the California Angels in front of 46,581 fans at the Ballpark. He battled through six three-ball counts and was still able to maintain the perfect game using only 98 pitches. Rogers was only the fourth left-handed pitcher to throw a perfect game at the time.
Every no-hitter seems to have at least one defensive gem to save the game, and Rogers’ perfecto was no exception. A shallow fly ball in the ninth inning almost ended it, but Rusty Greer dove out in center field to keep it intact. Jose Canseco’s two home runs kept the Rangers on top with a 4-0 victory.
"I never thought about a perfect game," Rogers said after the game. "I was thinking about the no-hitter until the last out. I just threw strikes. I got ahead of a lot of hitters, and that helped a lot.
3) AL West Champs: Sept. 27, 1996
More than 20 years after the start of the franchise, the Rangers finally won a division title, led by second-year manager Johnny Oates.
The Rangers needed some help from others in the division to clinch that day. Though Texas lost a 15-inning affair with the California Angels, the A's defeated the Mariners on the West Coast, leaving Texas in sole possession of the AL West crown. Future president George W. Bush was in the stands to celebrate.
4) 2011 ALCS Game 6: Oct. 15, 2011
The Rangers won their second AL pennant in style, crushing the Tigers 15-5 in Game 6 of the ALCS. A nine-run third inning was the highlight in Texas' victory, sending the team to the World Series for the second straight year.
The Tigers jumped out early with a solo home run from Miguel Cabrera, but they couldn’t hold on for the win. Texas scored at least one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Nelson Cruz dominated all series, winning ALCS MVP honors and going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 6.
Texas would fall short again in the World Series, this time to the Cardinals.
5) Adrián Beltré’s 3,000th hit: July 30, 2017
Beltré wanted his 3,000th hit to be at home at Globe Life Park. He accomplished that during the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss to the Orioles. It was a hard-hit ball down the third-base line for a stand-up double, and with it, he became the 31st Major League player to reach the mark.
Nolan Ryan throws first no-no by a Rangers pitcher at Arlington Stadium: May 1, 1991
We cheated a little with this one, since it didn't happen at Globe Life Park, but it seemed a shame to leave it out.
The Hall of Famer pitched his seventh career no-hitter at age 44, making him the oldest player in Major League history to pitch one. It was also his second with the Rangers. Ryan’s seventh no-hitter kept him in sole possession of the MLB record, three more than the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax.
Ryan admitted he was feeling his age that day, aching more than usual. But he threw 122 pitches and struck out 16 batters against a talented Blue Jays team who would go on to win the AL East that season.