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From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Texas Rangers fan.

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Ron Hansen: Triple Play Glove

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Back before the Senators moved to Texas and became the Rangers, Washington shortstop Ron Hansen used this glove to turn an unassisted triple play on July 30, 1968. It marked the first time the feat had occurred in a major league game in over 41 years.

Nolan Ryan: Seventh No-Hitter Cap

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At Arlington Stadium on May 1, 1991, Rangers icon Nolan Ryan donned this cap and pitched on short rest because he wanted an extra start in front of the home fans. The result was his magnificent seventh no-hitter, with the 44-year-old Ryan striking out 16 Toronto Blue Jays, walking just two, and cementing his place in baseball lore.

Juan GonzÁlez: RBI Record Bat

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Long-time Rangers slugger Juan González swung this bat during April 1998, when he drove in a record-tying 35 RBI on his way to his second AL Most Valuable Player Award. A three-time All-Star, González topped the 40-home-run mark five times and remains the franchise record holder with 372 homers and 1,180 RBI.

IvÁn Rodríguez: Home Run Record Bat

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Iván Rodríguez, the Rangers’ much-beloved catcher, made his mark both at the plate and behind it. On Oct. 1, 1999, “Pudge” drilled a home run with this bat for his 35th round-tripper of the season, a new AL record for catchers. The 14-time All-Star was also named the AL MVP that season.

Álex Rodríguez: 2002 Season Bat

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Rangers shortstop Álex Rodríguez used this bat during September 2002, when his nine home runs and 23 RBI contributed to his major league-leading total of 57 homers and 142 RBI for the season. He earned his sixth of 14 All-Star nods that season, and sixth of 10 Silver Sluggers.

Rangers 30-3 Victory Baseball

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In the greatest offensive explosion in AL history, the Texas Rangers battered the Baltimore Orioles, 30-3, on August 22, 2007. The Rangers posted six home runs, 29 hits, and eight walks in the thrashing. Because he pitched three innings, Rangers reliever Wes Littleton earned the save with this final out ball.

Bengie Molina: Cycle Bat

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On July 16, 2010, Texas catcher Bengie Molina used this bat to single, double, and hit a grand slam against Boston. Molina then smashed a deep blast to center and chugged safely into third. With the hit, Molina became the majors’ only catcher to record a grand slam in a cycle.

Michael Young: 2,000th Hit Jersey

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Texas veteran Michael Young wore this jersey on August 7, 2011, while recording his 2,000th career hit. Young’s infield dribbler also extended his franchise hits record in the Rangers’ 5-3 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians. The seven-time All-Star eventually smacked a franchise-best 2,230 hits for the Rangers.

AdriÁn BeltrÉ: Three Home Run Jersey

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In Game Four of the 2011 ALDS, Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré donned this jersey and then smashed three homers to finish off the Tampa Bay Rays and advance to the League Championship Series. The three round-trippers, all solo shots, tied a mark for most homers in a postseason game.

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