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16. Bill Freehan

16. Bill Freehan
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 29, 1941 in Detroit, MI USA
  • Weight: 203 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 26, 1961
  • Final Game: October 03, 1976
  • Gold Glove - 1965
  • Gold Glove - 1966
  • Gold Glove - 1967
  • TSN All-Star - 1967
  • Gold Glove - 1968
  • TSN All-Star - 1968
  • Gold Glove - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1971
  • MVP - 1964
  • MVP - 1966
  • MVP - 1967
  • MVP - 1968
  • MVP - 1969
  • MVP - 1972
 
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For a ten season stretch (1964-73), Bill Freehan was one of the top Catchers in the American League.  In each of those years, he would be named an All-Star, and he would add an 11th one in 1975.

A member of the Tigers for his entire career, the apex of his career was in 1968, which was the season he staffed a roster of pitchers who took the Tigers to a World Series win.  Freehan himself was the runner-up to the MVP Award that year, and he was third the year before.  A five-time Gold Glove winner, Freehan would smack an even 200 Home Runs with 1,591 Hits.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, First Base
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 5th Round of the Amateur Draft 6/3/75.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1976 Season.
  • Games Played: 1774
  • Notable Statistics: 706 Runs Scored
    1,591 Hits
    241 Doubles
    35 Triples
    200 Home Runs
    758 RBI
    24 Stolen Bases
    .262/.340/.412 Slash Line
    44.7 bWAR

    10 Playoff Games
    2 Runs Scored
    5 Hits
    2 Doubles
    0Triples
    1 Home Run
    5 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .139/.225/.278 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1968)
    All-Star (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1975)
    Gold Glove (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969)
    Most Times Hit by a Pitch (1964, 1967 & 1968)
    Most Intentional Walks (1967)
    Most Putouts by a Catcher (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 & 1971)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Catcher (1968)
    Most Baserunners Caught Stealing (1968)
    Highest Caught Stealing Percentage (1964)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Catcher (1965, 1966 & 1969)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Catcher (1966, 1970 & 1973)

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