Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tom Schieffer to be in Rangers Hall of Fame
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON –- Tom Schieffer, the club’s former chief executive and someone who played an important role in building Globe Life Park in Arlington, will be inducted as the 17th member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame later this summer.
Schieffer was selected to the club’s Hall in the “non-playing” category, joining Johnny Oates (2003), Tom Vandergriff (2004), Mark Holtz (2005), Tom Grieve (2010) and Eric Nadel (2012) in that capacity.
Schieffer, who will be inducted during pregame ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 23, prior to the Rangers game with the Kansas City Royals, was an original investor in the ownership group headed by former president George W. Bush and Edward (Rusty) Rose. The group purchased the team in 1989 and Scheiffer was named Partner-in-charge of ballpark development the next year.
Scheiffer worked with the city of Arlington, whose voters passed the funding for a new stadium in a bond election in 1991. He was then named president of the club in 1992. The ballpark was built on time and opened in April 1994.
“Out of all the things I’ve done, from a pure enjoyment standpoint, that was the most enjoyable,” Schieffer said in a release about the building of the ballpark. “It was so much fun to see the creativity involved. It was connecting the dots differently than they’d been connected in the past.”
Schieffer added the title of General Partner of the franchise after Bush was elected Governor of Texas in November 1994. And he was still president when the club made its first postseason berth in 1996 and through Tom Hicks’ purchase of the team.
Schieffer was U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2001 to 2005 and to Japan from 2005 to 2009. He’s a native of Fort Worth, graduated from Arlington Heights High School and attended the University of Texas.