An Overview of Texas Rangers Baseball

Stacy Cary is a lifelong resident of Texas. She has spent time as an administrator with Patland Oil Co., and as the owner of GeOasis. Outside of work Stacy Stine Cary enjoys following Texas Rangers baseball.

The Texas Rangers franchise joined Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1961 as the Washington Senators. The team competed for 11 seasons under that name, finishing with a winning record on just one occasion. The franchise’s results improved after relocating to Texas, registering five above .500 seasons over the course of its first decade. In 1994 the Rangers won the American League West division for the first time in franchise history. Two years later the team would make its first postseason appearance, losing a division series to the New York Yankees.

The Rangers would contest additional division series in 1998 and 1999. The 1999 team went 95-67 in the regular season, the franchise’s best mark at the time. After a 10-season playoff drought the Texans would win their division for a fifth time on their way to the Rangers’ World Series debut. The team lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants. In 2011 the Rangers made a second consecutive run to the World Series, this time pushing the St. Louis Cardinals to seven games before eventually falling.

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks

A Texas native, Stacy Stine Cary spent more than 13 years running her own business, GeOasis. In her free time, Stacy Cary enjoys following Texas professional sports, particularly the Dallas Mavericks.

A native of Wurzburg, Germany, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 1998 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. At 20 he debuted during the Mavericks’ 1998–1999 season, the franchise’s 19th with the league. The team had previously qualified for the postseason just six times, winning only four playoff series. Nowitzki proved to be a wise selection for Dallas, as their postseason luck changed almost immediately. The Mavericks struggled during the rookie’s first year, but ahead of the 1999–2000 season Nowitzki took on a larger role. He averaged over 17 points while playing nearly 36 minutes per game, leading the team to 40 wins for the first time in a decade.

It was during Nowitzki’s third year, the 2000–2001 season, that Dallas truly became a powerhouse in the NBA’s Western Conference. The team finished the year 53–29 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Nowitzki then led Dallas to 12 consecutive playoff berths and 14 postseason runs in 15 years. During the playoff streak he averaged a minimum of 21 points and more than six rebounds per season while regularly shooting around or above 50 percent.

With Nowitzki, the Mavericks have reached the Western Conference Finals three times. In 2006 they progressed to the NBA Finals for the first time, but fell to the Miami Heat. They returned to the Finals in 2011, this time defeating the Heat in six games, and Nowitzki was named Finals MVP.