Texas Rangers: Willie Stargell
As part of Dairy Night, Rangers reliever Robbie Ross, dressed in his cowboy attire that he wears when he takes the backpack to the bullpen prior to every game, could not beat the Angels' Cole Calhoun. Ross, who grew up in Kentucky and said he once milked a goat when he was eight years old, had just a quarter-pound of milk in his bucket. Calhoun had two pounds.
Rangers pitchers Joe Nathan, Mark Lowe, and Derek Holland were close by to cheer him on.
Ryan, though, probably would have fared better. Ryan, who lives on a ranch in Georgetown and owns Nolan Ryan Beef, said he once competed in a cow milking event as part of a farm and ranch day with the New York Mets.
“I beat Willie Stargell,” Ryan said. “I blew him away. It was embarrassing how little he had in his pail. I don’t think I won anything except bragging rights and I’m still bragging.
Ryan said they had egg throwing and chow chip contests, too. But he remembers that milking the cow made his forearms sore for “about a week.”
“I was in and out of the rotation with the Mets in those days, so it wasn’t as big an issue,” Ryan said. “But in a four-day rotation over here, I wasn’t doing it again.”
|On Rangers Magazine, Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins compares Josh Hamilton to other baseball greats and discusses his time with the Rangers and other topics.
Last weekend, the Rangers turned back the clock to 1974 and wore throwback uniforms when they play played the Los Angeles Angels. Also, the Rangers welcomed back several members of that 1974 Billy Martin-managed ballclub that placed second in the American League West with an 84-76 record.
Jenkins, among those who returned to Arlington over the weekend, won 25 games for that ’74 squad and finished second in the Cy Young voting behind Oakland’s Catfish Hunter and ahead of Nolan Ryan, who was pitching for the Angels. Jenkins was a guest on Rangers Magazine (weekends on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM) when he talked about Hamilton and those Hall of Fame left-handed hitters.
Stargell played all of his 21 Major League seasons with the Pirates. The first baseman was a .282 career hitter, the 1979 National League MVP at the age of 39, and he won two World Series. Williams led NL left fielders in assists four times and was consistently among the top 10 RBI producers in the '60s. McCovey was the NL OPS leader from ’68-’70, earned the NL MVP in ’69, and the Giants' first baseman finished his career with 521 home runs.
In our Rangers Magazine conversation, Jenkins discussed being traded to the Rangers, working with rookie catcher Jim Sundberg, being managed by Martin, his teammates such as American League MVP Jeff Burroughs, the current Rangers including Yu Darvish, and more. Listen to the podcast.
Bryan Dolgin is the host of Rangers Magazine on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. He also hosts the Rangers radio pregame and postgame shows on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Follow him on Twitter: @RangersRadioBD.
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