Mike Stone, the former Texas Rangers president who later served as commissioner of the independent baseball Northern League, has died. He was 80.
The Rangers said Tuesday that Stone died Friday at his home in Ajijic, Mexico.
The Rangers organization extends its thoughts and prayers to the family of former Team President Mike Stone who passed away on October 25 at the age of 80. Mr. Stone was Rangers President from 1983-90 and also served as Commissioner of the independent Northern League from 2002-06
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) October 29, 2019
Stone was president of the Rangers from 1983-90 and was instrumental in the team signing Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan as a free agent before the 1989 season.
After his tenure with the Rangers, Stone was with the Northern League from 2002-06 and was a professor at SMU in the sports management program from 2010-17.