Jackie Brown, former Texas Rangers pitcher and pitching coach, has passed away, per multiple reports online. He was 73.
Brown was an Oklahoma native who originally was with the Phillies’ organization, and who signed with the Washington Senators as a free agent in 1968. He spent two years in the majors with the Senators, spent 1972 in AAA, and then spent part of the 1973-75 seasons in the majors with the Rangers. In June, 1975, Brown was traded, along with Jim Bibby, Rick Waits and cash, to the Cleveland Indians for Gaylord Perry.
After spending time with the Indians and the Montreal Expos, the Rangers re-signed Brown to a minor league deal in 1978, but he spent the entire year in AAA, and retired after that season.
Brown is perhaps best known now for his work as a pitching coach. He was the Rangers’ pitching coach from 1979-82, was the pitching coach for the ChiSox from 1992-95, and was Tampa’s pitching coach in 2002.