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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Former Ranger Owner Chiles Dies

August 24, 1993|Associated Press

Eddie Chiles, former owner of the Texas Rangers, died Sunday night of natural causes at his home in Ft. Worth. He was 83. He had been in failing health for several years.

Enormously successful in the oil business, Chiles bought the Rangers in 1980 from Ft. Worth businessman Brad Corbett. He sold the club in 1989 to the current owners, led by George W. Bush, son of former President George Bush.

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Nolan Ryan, playing his 27th and final season, is expected to miss only one start after suffering a rib-cage injury, the team announced. . . . Baltimore Oriole pitcher Rick Sutcliffe will have surgery on his left knee. Sutcliffe, 37, will be sidelined for at least three weeks. He is 1-7 with a 7.97 ERA in his last 10 starts. . . . Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension for fighting with Nolan Ryan Aug. 4 and began the suspension Monday night.

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San Diego Superior Court Judge Harrison Hollywood approved the July 13 settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused the Padres of defrauding season-ticket holders by trading such players as Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff. The plaintiffs agreed to drop a request for punitive damages in exchange for a more liberal refund policy for individual game and season tickets.

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