Saturday, July 24, 2010
Grieve inducted into Rangers Hall of Fame
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tom Grieve, a member of the Rangers' organization for nearly 43 of his 44 years in professional baseball, was inducted to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. He is the 13th member of that elite group.
Players greet Tom Grieve during a pregame ceremony to induct him into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
In an on-field ceremony at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington before Saturday's game, Grieve was introduced by former U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Japan and former Rangers president Tom Schieffer.
"He's done everything you can imagine for this organization," Schieffer said. "He always appreciated the fact that fans would love to trade places with him and experience the magic of baseball. There's no one more deserving of this honor."
Team president Nolan Ryan presented Grieve was with a letter of congratulations from former President George W. Bush. And five members of the club's Hall of Fame, including Rusty Greer, Toby Harrah, Charlie Hough, Jim Sundberg and Ryan, were in attendance.
Grieve was selected for his overall contribution, not just as a player, joining Johnny Oates (2003), Tom Vandergriff (2004) and Mark Holtz (2005) as "non-playing capacity" members. Grieve was much more than simply a player for the Rangers. He was also the general manager, taking that post on Sept. 1, 1984 at age 36, then the youngest GM in the majors. He moved to the broadcast booth in 1995 and has continued in that role since.
"To have been associated with this franchise for 43 of my 44 years in baseball has been a privilege," Grieve said. "This is something I greatly appreciate, something that is meaningful to me and something of which I'm very proud."
Grieve said that he didn't do enough as a player or in the front office or in the TV booth, but was humbled that the organization thought the sum of those parts warranted a spot in the club's Hall of Fame.