Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #210 JIM FREGOSI


MR. ANGEL.



CUTE CARTOON JOCK.



WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Jim Fregosi, who died of a stroke Friday, was the 35th pick in the 1960 expansion draft by the Los Angeles Angels and quickly became the team's most popular player. He made the first of six All-Star teams in '64, when he hit 18 homers, drove in 72, adding up to a career-high 7.9 WAR. In 11 years with the Angels, he 115 homers, drove in 546, hit .268 and was worth an average of 4.2 wins a season. He also managed the Phillies in the '93 World Series, his lone Fall Classic appearance.

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • Always loved those flapless batting helmets. Always will.

GROOVY BITS

  • Combined with second baseman #26 Bobby Knoop to become the third double-play duo to win the Gold Glove in the same season ('67).
  • Traded to the Mets in December '71 for Nolan Ryan, Frank Estrada, Don Rose and Leroy Stanton.
  • Named to manage the Angels in '78 and the next season had them in the playoffs after winning the West Division, the first title in franchise history.

BACK IN '65 ...

  • The seven-day Watts Riots begin on Aug. 11 in Los Angeles after a resident is pulled over during a traffic stop. It leads to an altercation that sparks violence, resulting in 34 deaths, 3,438 arrests and more than $40 million in property damage.



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