Home Plate Update September 2018 - Page 19

Texas Rangers great Tom Grieve is living his American Dream T exas Rangers great Tom Grieve is living his American Dream in his 24th season as an analyst in the team’s Fox Sports Southwest television booth after debuting on broadcasts in 1995, the longest tenure of any TV broadcaster in club history. Elected to the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010, Grieve played in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals from 1970-79. He was the Rangers’ Player of the Year in 1976 with career bests of 20 homers and 81 RBI. Athletic talent runs in the family. Grieve’s oldest son Tim, a 1994 graduate of Texas Christian University, pitched in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations and is now a Texas scout for the Detroit Tigers. His son Ben was the 2nd pick overall in the 1994 MLB Draft and played nine major league seasons with the A’s, Rays, Brewers, and Cubs, earning 1998 American League Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland. Tom and Ben Grieve were the first father-son combo to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft. Both of his sons graduated from Martin High School in The American Dream City, along with his daughter Katie, who earned all-state honors as a volleyball player at Martin and went on to play at Auburn University. 19