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Brad Corbett

Brad Corbett
Born Bradford Gary Corbett
(1937-10-15)October 15, 1937
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died December 24, 2012(2012-12-24) (aged 75)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Known for Owner of the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980

Bradford Gary Corbett (October 15, 1937 – December 24, 2012) was the owner of the Bobby Bonds, Al Oliver and Jon Matlack.

Despite never making the postseason, Texas finished in second place three times under Corbett’s ownership. The ’77 club won 94 games, the most in team history until 1999.[2] The Team's winning percentage under him was .521, better than the winning percentages under most owners. [3]

He cried openly after the Rangers lost on July 4, 1977 [4] and told the assembled news media, "I'm selling this team because it's killing me! They are dogs on the field and they are dogs off the field." Corbett fired three managers in the six seasons that he owned the Rangers. Corbett inherited Billy Martin as his first manager when he purchased the team from Martin's personal friend, Robert Short. Martin became upset with Corbett's interference with his managing in 1975, thus prompting Martin to state, "You know as much about baseball as I do about pipe" [5]).

In 1980 Corbett sold the team to oil producer Eddie Chiles.

He died at his home in Fort Worth in December of 2012.[6]

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  2. ^ Before It's News Monday, January 21, 2013 Remembering eccentric Texas Rangers owner Brad Corbett
  3. ^ Fort Worth Star-Telegram December 16, 2009 Rangers ownership though the years
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  5. ^ Martin, Billy, with Peter Golenbock. "Number 1". Delacorte Press, 1980
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  • "Huffing and Puffing in Texas" Sports Illustrated. August 7, 1978 [2]
  • The Impossible Takes A Little Longer by Phil Rogers. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1990.
  • Seasons in Hell by Mike Shropshire.
  • The Baseball Hall of Shame Volume 2.
  • The Complete Handbook of Baseball 1980.
  • "Rangers Ownership Through the Years" Fort Worth Star-Telegram. December 16, 2009.
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