James Louis Fregosi
Shortstop, First Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.
Born: April 4, 1942 in San Francisco, CA
Debut: September 14, 1961 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: May 31, 1978 Pittsburgh Pirates
Custom Angels Expansion Draft Autograph card
Drafted 17th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Boston Red Sox in the 1960 expansion draft.
Later, traded by the California Angels to the New York Mets for Frank Estrada, Don Rose, Nolan Ryan and Leroy Stanton on December 10, 1971.
Grounded out (pitcher to first) in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, September 14, 1961 (D) at Metropolitan Stadium.
1961 - 1971
Batted .268 with 1408 hits, 115 HR and 546 RBI.
I can never have enough Jim Fregosi stuff. He's the face of the early Angels. I've sent him a couple things to sign every couple years or so for the past 15 years and he's always been very gracious. Several of these cards I've gotten through trades as well.
NOTABLE ANGELS ACHIEVEMENTS:
6-time AL All-Star (1964 & 1966-1970)
AL Gold Glove Winner (1967)
AL Triples Leader (1968)
20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1970)
He was drafted by the Angels from the Boston Red Sox in the expansion draft after the 1960 season. Fregosi was in the minors during 1960, most of 1961 and part of 1962, making his major league debut in 1961 and becoming an everyday player during part of 1962. He immediately showed an ability to hit for a decent average along with moderate power and some stolen bases.
Jim was consistently an above-average hitter during the 1960's, a time of historically low hitting in baseball. Perhaps his best overall year was 1964, when he hit .277 (the league average was .247) with 72 walks, 18 home runs and 9 triples. His OPS+ that year was seventh best in the 1964 American League.
He was part of what is widely viewed as one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. On December 10, 1971, the Angels sent him to the New York Mets for four players, one of whom was future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Fregosi only hit .233 with 5 home runs in a season and a half as a Met; Ryan averaged 17 wins and over 300 strikeouts a year in eight seasons as an Angel.