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Oscar Gamble, former Texas Ranger, has passed away at age 68

Oscar Gamble, long-time major league outfielder who spent time with the Rangers, has passed away

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Oscar Gamble, former major league outfielder who spent 17 seasons in the major leagues with six teams, including the Texas Rangers, has passed away at the age of 68.

Gamble is best remembered nowadays for his huge Afro, which poked out from under his hat and made him stand out early in his career, but he was also a quality hitter who had a solid major league career. Gamble was acquired by the Rangers from the San Diego Padres after the 1978 season in a deal that sent Kurt Bevacqua, Bill Fahey and Mike Hargrove to San Diego. Gamble only spent a little over a half a season with the Rangers, however, before he was sent to the Yankees in a deal that brought Mickey Rivers to Texas, and saw the Rangers send future major league pitchers Ray Fontenot and Gene Nelson to New York.

Gamble ended up playing seven seasons in New York, and ended his career with a .265/.356/.454 slash line and a 23.0 bWAR in 1584 games over 17 seasons.