Bobby Jones was here when the Texas Rangers came to town as the Oklahoma City 89ers' parent club.
Now, more than 27 years later, Jones will be here when the Rangers likely shift their affiliation from the team now known as the RedHawks to the Round Rock Express.
Jones hasn't been in Oklahoma the whole time, but he's spent much of the last three decades in the state, first as a player with both the 89ers and Tulsa Drillers and then through three stints as the manager in Oklahoma City and two stints in Tulsa.
With the RedHawks' affiliation almost certain to change next year, Jones is just as likely to be managing elsewhere, probably in Round Rock.
So the RedHawks will honor him with Bobby Jones Day tonight at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark before their 7:05 game against Reno. A plaque will be placed at the Brick honoring Jones' time with the team.
He is the organization's all-time leader in wins as a manager.
"It's pretty cool, isn't it?" Jones said sitting in his office with his brother, Curtis, before Thursday's game. "They didn't have to do all this. It's really nice."
"All this" is much more than just honoring Jones.
The team flew in Jones' family for the event — his brother, his sister Rita and his daughter Jill.
Jones has been away from his family since 1967, leaving Elkton, Md., for professional baseball or military service in Vietnam.
Even though he's been away from home for more than 40 years, when the brothers get together, it's like they've never been apart.
"His wife, Debbie, can't get over it when she sees us together," Curtis Jones said. "You couldn't ask for a better person. We've never had a fight. Never.
"I tell my boys, 'I wish you were like Bobby.'"
Bobby is 18 months older than Curtis.
When Jones was drafted by the Washington Senators (now Rangers), he drove a 1965 Mustang.
Instead of taking it with him, Bobby left it for Curtis to drive while he walked to the ballpark every day.
When the Army drafted Bobby, he let his brother have the car.
"That's just kind of brother and person he is," Curtis said. "I always ran with Bobby and his buddies. It wasn't like he was telling me to get out there or nothing."
The RedHawks manager is laid back.
A lot of that demeanor can be traced to his service in Vietnam, he said.
His players certainly notice.
"Bobby's awesome," pitcher Zachary Phillips said. "Everyday he comes into the clubhouse happy."
Jones met wife Debbie while managing in Tulsa, and they still live there.
Unlike many managers, Jones can spend some time at home during the season.
He heads back to Tulsa for days off and after 11 a.m. games and occasionally after Sunday afternoon games.
As much as Jones has become a part of Oklahoma, he's even more a part of the Rangers' organization. Other than his time in Vietnam and brief stints with the Angels and in Japan, Jones has been part of the franchise.
"I never had any desire to go anywhere else or even go look anywhere else," Jones said.
Jones isn't ready to walk away from managing yet. Although he doesn't have a contract for next year, he's likely to still be managing for the Rangers.
He'll likely to return to Oklahoma City next year — to face the RedHawks.
"It'll definitely be weird," Jones said. "I've been sitting behind this desk since 2007, so it's going to be different."