Flashback: Pitch for Dallas baseball team was a swing and a miss in 1962 – Dallas News (blog)
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For almost 50 years, the Texas Rangers baseball team has called the D-FW area home. While many younger people may take the team for granted, older Rangers fans remember how challenging it was to lure a franchise to the region.
On Sept. 18, 1962, four Dallasites pleaded Dallas’ case to American League’s top brass, but president Joe Cronin and his board were less than enthusiastic. Although rumors flew wildly that Kansas City A’s owner Charles Finley had his eye on Dallas, no formal request was ever made. At the end of the presentation, any hopes for a 1963 D-FW team were dashed with Cronin’s statement that “there is no sentiment … for expansion or the transfer of a franchise.”
The region finally got its team a few years later in 1971, but the idea to move the Kansas City team here never materialized. Instead, the Washington Senators picked up stakes and settled in Arlington, where they were rechristened the Texas Rangers.