A well-liked team player, Jim Fregosi was one of the best players of the expansion California Angels during the 1960's. Fregosi was a top fielding shortstop, possessing speed, range along with a fast accurate throwing arm. In 1966 he led the league in assists and double plays. He was named to every All-Star team from 1964-1970, with the exception of 1965 despite leading the AL with 312 putouts. Fregosi won a Gold Glove in 1967. He also was one of the better hitting shortstops during the 1960's. He hit .287 in 1963, smashed 29 doubles, 12 triples, 9 HR's and scored 83 runs.
In 1964, Fregosi powered 18 homers and scored 86 runs. His' power numbers rose every year and in 1970, he wacked 33 D's, 22 HR's and scored 95 runs. The Angels' traded this highly popular shortstop to the Mets in 1972; getting four players including the yet-unproven Nolan Ryan. Injuries plaqued Fregosi the next five seasons and he was traded twice more. After his playing days were over, he managed the Angels, White Sox. With the Phillies he managed them to the 1993 pennant. Jim Fregosi career: .265 BA, 1726 hits, 6523 at bats, 264 D's, 78 T's, 151 HR's, 884 runs, 706 RBI's, 715 W's and 1097 K's. baseballhistorian.com