Former Texas Rangers pitcher and coach Jackie Brown died Sunday after battling a long illness.
Brown, of Holdenville, Okla., was 73.
The right-hander made his major-league debut with the Washington Senators in 1970. He also played with the Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos during a seven-year playing career. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies in 1962.
He pitched for the Rangers from 1973 to 1975 before being traded to the Indians during the 1975 season. His best year in the majors was 1974 when he was 13-12 with a 3.57 ERA. He had nine complete games, including two shutouts that season.
“He is a guy a lot of people felt was their best friend,” Rangers broadcaster and former teammate and roommate Tom Grieve said. “He was always in a good mood, the perfect teammate, one of those guys that everybody thought the world of.”
Brown was the Rangers’ pitching coach for managers Pat Corrales, Don Zimmer and Darrell Johnson from 1979 to 1982. He also coached for the White Sox (1992-95) and Rays (2002).
Brown’s brother Paul pitched in the majors with the Phillies in the 1960s. His nephew Daren Brown is a minor-league manager in the Seattle organization and was the Mariners’ interim manager for 50 games in 2010.