Jim Fregosi died at age 71
yesterday due to complications from multiple strokes.
Fregosi was one of the best shortstops in baseball in the 1960s, and went on to stay in baseball for a total of 53 years in various capacities.
He played from 1961-1978, putting together an extremely respectable career. He was a 6-time All-Star, and won a Gold Glove in 1967.
He was a manager for 15 seasons, most notably with the Phillies from 1991-'96. He won an NL pennant with the Phillies in 1993 before losing to the Blue Jays in the World Series.
Several people around baseball had some great things to say about Fregosi, who spent his entire life devoted to baseball. Here are a few of those quotes:
Phillies president David Montgomery:
"Everyone in the Phillies organization is deeply saddened about the news of Jim's passing. We, and so many others in the game, have lost a dear friend. He'll be remembered for his vibrant personality, wisdom and love of the game."
Braves president Jon Schuerholz:
"We have lost a dear friend and a wonderful baseball man. The Atlanta Braves will truly miss Jim and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Joni, his entire family and all of his many friends throughout baseball."
White Sox special assistant Dave Yoakum:
"I always knew when I walked into the ballpark and saw Jim sitting there I was going to learn something about baseball and have lots of laughs the next three to four days. Fishing with him, Lee Elia, Charlie Manuel and Dom Chiti are memories I will cherish for the rest my life. I'm going to miss Jim tremendously."