Arlington Stadium, Dallas

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Aerial view from Six Flags Over Texas right across the street. 

 

It was Nolan Ryan week…the final week of games at Arlington Stadium. The new Ballpark at Arlington would open in Spring 1994.

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I was in Dallas for the NAB convention. Got a phone call a week before inviting me to a Texas Rangers-California Angels game by radio friends Dave Dillon, PD of KODA/Houston, Dean James, PD of KSCS/Dallas, and BJ Shea, who does a talk show in Seattle. We sat in the second deck behind home plate. The ballpark was a converted old minor league park and the seats were mostly bleacher-style benches with the vast majority of them in the outfield. Peanut shells would drop down below like at a high school football game.

Big night at the old ballpark, though. An unusually large crowd of 60,000 because it was Nolan Ryan’s final start at Arlington Stadium. Ryan addressed the crowd before the game and naturally drew a huge appolause. The Angels won, 2-1. Ryan had a no-decision and Craig Lefferts took the loss. Chuck Finley won his 15th for California. Tory Lovullo, future Red Sox bench coach and interim manager, now manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, played 2b for the Angels and scored the winning run.

 

 

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