Jim Fregosi: 1942-2014
See the update on Page 2 on Jim Fregosi passing away Friday morning with his family by his side and a touching tribute from the Angels.
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 13, 8:14 A.M.: Jim Fregosi, the first Angels baseball star and a one-time manager of the Anaheim team, has reportedly been taken off life support after suffering a series of strokes.
The 71-year-old, who was being treated in a Miami hospital, suffered the strokes while on a cruise with other former Major League Baseball stars in the Cayman Islands last weekend.
A six-time All-Star at shortstop for the Angels, Fregosi was a star baseball and football player at all-Catholic Serra High School in San Mateo and also set a record in the long jump that was later broken by Lynn Swann.
Fregosi received many college football scholarship offers but instead signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox before the 1960 season. The new Los Angeles Angels then selected Fregosi in that December's expansion draft.
He spent 11 seasons with the Halos, with his best season coming in 1967, when he hit .290 and won his only Gold Glove. After the 1971 season, Fregosi was traded to the New York Mets for four players, including future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. But Fregosi spent only a year and a half with the Mets before moving on to the Texas Rangers and then the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates released him in 1978 because, the Society of American Baseball Research claims, Angels owner Gene Autry asked the team to so Fregosi could manage the Angels. He spent four years as the Halos' skipper and went on to manage the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. He led the Phillies to the World Series in 1993, but Toronto won in six games.
The Angels retired Fregosi's uniform No. 11 in 1998.