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Charley Pride Performs National Anthem at Texas Rangers Season Opener

Charley Pride

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charley Pride performed the National Anthem Friday night at the Texas Rangers season opener vs. the Colorado Rockies. The game was a wildly different take on America’s favorite past-time, with cardboard fans in the stands, players in masks and roar of the crowd produced by Memorex, but nonetheless, it was still baseball. Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered the first pitch, albeit virtually, from Austin, followed by Pride’s performance. The game was the team’s first in the new Globe Life Field ballpark.

“I was in the left field from where I was singing the anthem and I thought everything went fine,” said Pride. “I would have loved to been down there with the players —  to have been one of the players, but I love the game! I couldn’t be down there — I was like a whole field away from them, doing the anthem. With the virus, and with my age, that’s the way it had to be!”

“When I go to spring training I dress with all the coaches – before I get in the club they always ask me ‘when are you gonna sing for us’ and I just tell them ‘well, set it up!'”

“I think it was a fine game. It was the first time I saw the park and it’s a beautiful! I enjoyed everything I did today.”

The Rangers beat the Rockies 1-0 with a three-hit shutout.

Charley Pride came from humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to landing a career as a Negro League baseball player and then commenced a meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Read more about Pride’s baseball career herehere and here.

Follow Charley Pride on Facebook and at CharleyPride.com.

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