Charley Frank Pride
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
Charley Pride was a pitcher for the Memphis Red Sox briefly in 1953 and then the Birmingham Black Barons in 1954. He was his primarily known for his curveball. After spending a couple of years in the Army, he returned to Memphis in 1958 at age 20 when the Negro Leagues were dying off and did okay against the weakened competition. He was listed as being born in 1938 at the time, which would have made him 15 when he made his first appearances with Memphis, but he was actually four years older.
After briefly playing for the Missoula Timberjacks of the Pioneer League in 1960, he retired from baseball and went on to become one of the most successful black country musicians of all time. Charley is seen at many Texas Rangers games. In 2010, he became a minority owner of the team as part of the group led by Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. He also made it a tradition to offer a private concert for players and team officials every spring training.
- T.R. Sullivan: "Jackie Robinson taught Charley Pride to dream: Country music legend, part-Rangers owner and 'absolute treasure'", mlb.com, April 14, 2020.