Former Rangers owner Brad Corbett dies

Tom Pennington

Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980, died Christmas Eve at the age of 75. He took a keen interest in the baseball operations of the club, with a penchant for quickly firing managers.

Brad Corbett, the second owner of the Texas Rangers after the franchise's move from Washington, died at his home in his sleep on Monday. He was 75 years old.

Corbett, who owned S&B Technical Products, a Fort Worth company that sold PVC piping, bought the team in 1974 from Bob Short. He was under 40 at the time, but had already become a millionaire, and quickly became heavily involved in the operations and personnel moves of his team. Corbett earned a reputation for being somewhat eccentric, spending heavily and having a short patience for managers. Five different people managed the team for five games or more during his six years in charge, with nobody lasting more than two full seasons.

Corbett sold the team to Eddie Chiles in 1980. The team wouldn't reach the postseason under his watch, but did register four winning seasons after finishing last in four of the previous five years.

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