James Louis Fregosi was an American professional baseball shortstop and manager, who played in Major League Baseball from 1961 to 1978, primarily for the Los Angeles / California Angels. He also played for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Having been the Angels' most productive and popular player for that franchise's first eleven years of play, Fregosi quickly became its first star. He led the American League in defensive double plays twice, winning the 1967 Gold Glove Award, and, upon leaving the team, ranked ninth in AL history, with 818 double plays. Fregosi holds the franchise record with 70 career triples; several of his other team records, including career games, hits, doubles, runs, and runs batted in, were broken by Brian Downing over the course of the 1986 through 1989 seasons.
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6-time MLB All-Star who was traded in 1971 for a prospect named Nolan Ryan. He spent the bulk of his career with the Los Angeles and California Angels but also played for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
His father, who was a semi-professional player, coached his little-league team.
Several years after Los Angeles traded him, he returned to coach the team.
His parents, Archie and Margaret, ran a grocery store that afforded him a comfortable middle class childhood.
Gene Autry owned the Angels when he coached them from 1978 to '81.
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- Gold Glove Award winners
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Latest information about Jim Fregosi updated on June 20 2021.