A frequent All Star baseball player whose 35-year career has included playing, managing and coaching roles.
Jim Fregosi has more than 35 years of major league experience as a player, manager and coach. During his managerial tenure, Fregosi won two divisional titles and one league championship. He piloted the Angels to an 88-74 mark to win the AL West Crown in 1979, and directed the Phillies to a 97-65 record and both the NL East championship and NL pennant in 1993, the same year he was named the AP Manager of the Year.
Fregosi was a member of the 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970 All-Star teams, and received a Golden Glove award in 1967. His lifetime batting average is .276, with 151 home runs, 706 RBIs and 1,726 total hits.
In addition to his 18 years as big league player with the Angels, Mets, Rangers and Pirates, Fregosi has also logged campaigns as a Major League manager with the Angels (1978-81), White Sox (1986-88), Phillies (1991-96) and Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000).
In 1998, in Anaheim, the Angels honored Fregosi by retiring his #11 jersey as one of the club’s all-time greats. He was elected into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.