Arlington Stadium 1965 - 1994


Notable moments

Arlington Stadium never saw a playoff game or an All-Star Game, but was host to several of Nolan Ryan's greatest moments, including his 5,000th strikeout and his seventh no-hitter. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. and Rangers outfielder Oddibe McDowell, were the only two players to hit for the cycle in Arlington Stadium. It was also the site of the 11th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, when Mike Witt of the California Angels defeated the Rangers on September 30, 1984, 1 to 0.



First and Figures

Status: Demolished 1994

Address: Six Flags Texas amusement park

Capacity: 43,251

Cost to construct: $1.9 Million, $19 Million 

Architect:  Unknown


The Field

Playing Surface: Grass

Defining Feature:  Large outfield bleachers that ran from foul pole to foul pole. 

Dimensions (ft) Initial distance in parenthesis

Left Field:  330

Left Center:  380

Center Field:  400

Right Center:  380

Right Field:  330


Opening Day and Firsts


Game 4/21/1972 Angels 6, Rangers 7

  Umpires Marty Springstead, Russ Goetz, Hank Morganweck, John Rice

  Managers Ted Williams, Rangers; Del Rice, Angels

  Starting Pitchers Dick Bosman, Rangers; Clyde Wright, Angels

  Ceremonial Pitch Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff

  Attendance 20,105


  Batter Sandy Alomar, Sr. (pop out)

  Hit Frank Howard (home run)

  Run Frank Howard

  RBI Frank Howard

  Single Vada Pinson

  Double Lenny Randle

  Triple Toby Harrah (4/22/1972)

  Home Run Frank Howard

  Grand Slam Carlos May (6/25/1972)

  IPHR Danny Thompson (06/24/1974)

  Stolen Base Lenny Randle

  Sacrifice Hit Dick Bosman

  Sacrifice Fly Luis Aparicio (04/28/1972)

  Cycle Cal Ripken (05/06/1984)


  Win Dick Bosman

  Loss Clyde Wright

  Shutout Pete Broberg (4/22/1972)

  Save Paul Lindblad

  Hit by Pitch Nolan Ryan hit Dave Nelson (04/23/1972)

  Wild Pitch Casey Cox

  Balk Dave Lemonds (06/24/1972)

  No-Hitter Mike Witt (09/30/1984) [perfect game]

  Perfect Game Mike Witt (09/30/1984)



Hosted Events

World Series: none

All Star Games: none

World Baseball Classic: 



Arlington Stadium, Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers