American baseball playerDied when: 71 years 316 days (862 months)
Star Sign: Aries
James Louis Fregosi (April 4, 1942 – February 14, 2014) was an American professional baseball shortstop and manager, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) 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 (AL) 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 (1,429), hits (1,408), doubles (219), runs (691), and runs batted in (546), were broken by Brian Downing over the course of the 1986 through 1989 seasons.
Fregosi returned to the team as manager, guiding it to its first-ever postseason appearance in 1979, and later managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant.
In February, 2014, Fregosi suffered a stroke while on an MLB alumni cruise.He was taken to a hospital in Florida for treatment, where he was put on life support.
Subsequently, after having suffered multiple additional strokes in the hospital, Fregosi was removed from life support and died a few hours later.
At the time of his death, he was the top advance scout for the Atlanta Braves.