Country music legend Charley Pride was more than just a fan of the Major League Baseball team the Texas Rangers; he was part owner of the team that was purchased in 2010.
Pride was a frequent visitor to Ranger games, especially those during spring training in Surprise, Arizona. He regularly worked out with the team and gave clubhouse concerts.
One of Pride’s final performances was singing the National Anthem at the Rangers’ new stadium – Globe Life Field – in July 2020.
Pride died on December 12, 2020 from complications of the Covid-19 virus.
As a tribute to the star and part owner, the Rangers have named their spring training playing facility Charley Pride Field.
Before topping the Country music charts, Pride was a pitcher with the Negro Leagues and in Minor League baseball.
Like fellow Negro League player Jackie Robinson, Charley Pride was a trailblaizer who crossed the colour line to become one of the first men of colour in Country music. His hit song “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” launched him into stardom. He spent the next 50 years performing all over the world.
While not a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Pride has earned three Grammy Awards, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, is a multiple Country Music Association Award winner including Entertainer of the Year, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a Crossroads of American Music Award winner, and was presented the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.