…. Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1934) is an American country music singer, musician/guitarist, recording artist, performer, and business owner In 2010, Pride became a special investor and minority owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball club. When Pride was 14, his mother purchased him his first guitar and he taught himself to play.Though he loved music, one of Pride’s lifelong dreams was to become a professional baseball played. On May 1, 1993, Pride became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. n 1994, Pride cowrote (with Jim Henderson) his autobiography, Pride: The Charley Pride Story.[ , he reveals that he has struggled for years with manic depression. Pride had a tumor removed from his right vocal cord in 1997.