“That’s the Way Baseball Go,” Merle Haggard

In 2011, Texas Rangers club co-chairman Bob Simpson and his wife, Janice, had the idea to modify Merle Haggard’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” into a baseball song.  The result was “That’s the Way Baseball Go,” and Haggard was good enough to record the song with the new lyrics.

This day in baseball: Benching fury

On March 28, 1977, an angry Len Randle attacked Rangers manager Frank Lucchesi for benching him during Spring Training.  Sent to the hospital, Lucchesi wound up with a fractured cheekbone.  Supposedly, Lucchesi instigated the attack by calling Randle a “punk.”

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This day in baseball: Ten-cent beer night

On 4 June 1974, it was ten-cent beer night at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians took on the Texas Rangers.  As the game progressed, Indians fans grew increasingly inebriated, resulting in a riot during the ninth inning of play.  As a result of the crowd’s unruly behavior, the game was interrupted and could not be resumed in a timely manner.  Home plate umpire Nestor Chylak stopped the game, which was tied at five runs a piece, and pronounced a forfeit by the Indians, thus declaring the Rangers victorious.