Thursday, March 04, 2021

Happy # 73 Tom Grieve

Happy birthday to Tom Grieve who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1948. He became one of the most popular sports figures in North Texas.

Tom Grieve came to Texas when the Senators moved here in 1972.      His best season was 1976: 20 HR & 81 RBI.   
Grieve's playing career ended in 1979 and joined the Rangers organization.   As the team's general manager, from 1984 to 1994, the team developed Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzales, Kenny Rogers, Kevin Brown and a few others.     He also traded a very young Sammy Sosa (a trade that I supported) and brought Nolan Ryan to the Rangers.

The team finished second in 1991 and was in first place when the strike shutdown the 1994 season.    Grieve was dismissed after that season when ownership brought in new management, from the front office to field manager.  

In 1995, Grieve joined the team's TV crew and has been a fan favorite ever since.


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