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December 25, 2012

Former Rangers owner Brad Corbett passes away

A former Fort Worth businessman who owned the Rangers for seven years passed away on Monday.

Brad Corbett, the Rangers' owner from 1974-80, died at the age of 75, his daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, told the Associated Press.

The Rangers issued the following statement today: "The Texas Rangers are saddened to hear of the death of Brad Corbett.

"His tenure as owner was marked by a passion and drive to bring a winning team to the fans of North Texas. During his ownership, the Rangers produced their first four winning seasons and finished second three times. Texas’ 94 victories in 1977 remained the most in team history until 1999.

"The spirit in which Mr. Corbett served as Owner of the Rangers will be remembered always. The organization extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends on his passing."

Corbett might be best remembered for his time with the Rangers for having four managers during the 1977 season -- Frank Lucchesi, Eddie Stanky, Connie Ryan and Billy Hunter. Lucchesi managed the first 62 games; Stanky managed one; Ryan managed six; and Hunter managed the final 93.

In all, six managers worked under Corbett.

Corbett bought the Rangers from Bob Short in 1974 for $9.5 million and sold them to Eddie Chiles in 1980. His ownership group included Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter Jr.

-- Drew Davison

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