Texas Rangers: Buddy ball
Despite going through four managers in 1977 (Eddie Stanky would quit after one game, saying he was homesick), the Rangers won a franchise-record 94 games. They followed up with two more winning seasons, but by the mid-'80s were back at the bottom of the American League, finishing last in the West in '84 and '85. One of the few bright spots during this time was slick-fielding third baseman Buddy Bell, who won six straight Gold Gloves and made four All-Star teams with the Rangers.
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