Read in todays Fort Worth Star Telegram that long time Ranger Ambassador Joe Macko passed away, he was 86.
He was the Rangers clubhouse manager for 29 years, but Joe also had a pretty successful minor league career as both a player and manager. In 16 seasons he hit .272 with 306 home runs. He also went 11-7 over four years pitching with a 3.70 ERA.
He once hit 11 home runs in Spring Training for the Indians but never got the call up.
That's too bad.
I'll remember Joe as an always happy face at just about every Rangers event, always willing to smile, share a story, or sign an autograph.
Joe signed this postcard for me at a Rangers event in 2004.