Gonzalez, a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and Russell, the A.L.'s 1989 Fireman of the Year, were elected in voting conducted by the Hall of Fame selection committee, which is comprised of all living Texas Rangers Hall of Fame inductees, veteran members of the media, and Rangers club officials.
In addition, over 45 former Rangers players and coaches are expected to participate in the weekend activities, including over 25 individuals who were teammates of Gonzalez and Russell.
Events scheduled for Alumni Weekend:
FRIDAY, JULY 10
Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Luncheon, Globe Life Park in Arlington, Cholula Porch, 11:30 a.m.
Program will include question and answer sessions with:
--Tom Grieve, Toby Harrah, Charlie Hough, and Jim Sundberg
--Rusty Greer, Tom Grieve, Ivan Rodriguez, and Ruben Sierra
--Jeff Russell and Steve Busby
NOTE TO MEDIA: Jeff Russell and Rangers Hall of Famers will be available in a media session on Friday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Third Floor of the Hall of Fame. To enter, take the Cholula Porch elevator (former Friday's Front Row entrance) and exit at HP. Media will be directed to the third floor of the Hall of Fame from there.
SATURDAY, JULY 11
On-field induction of Juan Gonzalez and Jeff Russell into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, 7:20 p.m.
--Rangers Hall of Famers Rusty Greer, Tom Grieve, Toby Harrah, Charlie Hough, Ivan Rodriguez, Tom Schieffer, Ruben Sierra and Jim Sundberg are expected to be in attendance. Grieve and former Rangers pitching coach Tom House will be among the speakers in the ceremony. Rangers television broadcaster Steve Busby will serve as master of ceremonies.
If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Rangers Communications Department at 817-273-5203.
* Appearances subject to change
ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
(Players will sign at 1B, HP, 3B, LF, and CF locations; autographs are free and first come, first served)
Friday, 5:30-6:00 p.m.: Gerald Alexander, Mike Bacsik, Sr., Mark Brandenburg, Dave Chalk, Rick Henninger, Charlie Hough*, Jeff Kunkel, Mike Munoz, Claude Osteen, Ken Pape, Don Stanhouse, Ken Suarez
Saturday, 5:45-6:15 p.m.: Tim Crabtree, Cecil Espy, Jeff Frye, Jose Guzman, Larry Hardy, Donald Harris, David Hulse, Rudy Jaramillo, Mark McLemore, Darren Oliver, Jeff Russell, Scott Sheldon, Ruben Sierra*, Jim Sundberg, Curtis Wilkerson
*New Era Alumni Alley