The Texas Rangers paid tribute to late country legend Charley Pride by naming a field at their spring training complex after him.
Pride, who was the baseball player-turned- country singer, also held a part-ownership stake in the MLB team.
The Rangers announced the dedication Sunday (3/14) on Twitter with the unveiling of the “Charley Pride Field” signage at their Surprise, Arizona spring training site.
They tweeted, “Introducing Charley Pride Field! You are greatly missed.”
Introducing Charley Pride Field!— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 14, 2021
You are greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/v46HyO2EQ3
Pride died December 12, 2020 from complications related to Covid-19. At the time of his death, Pride was part of the ownership group that purchased the Texas Rangers in 2010. In the decade that followed, Pride frequently visited the team, including annual stops at the spring training facility.
The Rangers said in a statement following Pride’s death, “Mr. Pride’s first love was baseball. He pitched professionally in the Negro and Minor Leagues throughout the 1950’s before embarking on his Hall of Fame singing career of more than 60 years.”
They added, “Mr. Pride then became a regular participant at Texas Rangers spring training camps in Pompano Beach and Port Charlotte, Florida and Surprise, Arizona, working out with the team and staging an annual clubhouse concert for players and staff, a tradition that continued through this past spring.”