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Texas sheds 'Strangers' perception

Rangers leave behind moribund history, position themselves for complete makeover

Updated: October 26, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
By Jim Reeves | ESPNDallas.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Once upon a time, almost three decades ago, the Texas Rangers' franchise was such a moribund, laughingstock of a baseball organization -- whatever could go wrong did go wrong -- that the team was literally dubbed "The Texas Strangers."

The idea was an offshoot of the more than two-month strike that idled baseball in 1981. With no baseball to fill the sports pages, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram decided to create the "Strangers." Stories and notes columns ran about the fictional ...

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