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.

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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.


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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

...and if you're a Mets fan, he will always be known as the player Nolan Ryan was traded for. 

He did a great job with the Phillies in '93...I'm sure they're mourning in Philadelphia, too.  R.I.P. 

Ben Walker
Ben Walker

RIP ... I think the Angels traded him to the Mets to get a pitcher named Nolan Ryan.

Rod Klopfer
Rod Klopfer

I am told, one of my first words was "Fre go si" sad to read this.

Mia Fae Oedy
Mia Fae Oedy

Oh no!! :( I heard about it earlier in the week but oh man, didn't know they took him off life support, damn...

Von Henchy
Von Henchy

that sucks - I remember seeing him all the time when I was a grom..Games didn't cost so much in the early - mid 70's

Chad Macy
Chad Macy

Whoa. An earlier article stated he would recover. ???

Bob Newman
Bob Newman

Fregosi managed the Halos to their first division championship in '79. I was at the Big A the night they clinched the pennant. I thought he would stay on and manage the team a long time, the way Lasorda did with the Dodgers, but it wasn't to be.

Emily Cox
Emily Cox

Very sad. May God comfort his family during these tough times.

Chris Garrett
Chris Garrett

My uncle Greg played with Jim Fregosi, I got the honor of meeting him when my uncle played with the angels.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

i'm a dodger fan but RIP, sir. the old school angels were cool in my book.

Denise Purcell Durica
Denise Purcell Durica

Sad. The Fregosi family lived in our neighborhood and his daughter was a friend of my brother. I'm so sad to hear about this. :(

Steve Stovall
Steve Stovall

I remember seeing Jim many times with my grandpa. God's Blessings to Jim and his family...

Paul Martinez
Paul Martinez

Fregosi was and still is an all time Angel favorite, God bless you Jimmy

Natalie Dunn
Natalie Dunn

Aww man! :( worst week ever! Mia Oedy Joe N Cecilia Camacho

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