Born: January 8, 1934|
Wheeling, West Virginia
Died: June 18, 2013 (aged 79)|
|April 13, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|September 3, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||432|
Career highlights and awards
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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year). A journeyman, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (twice), St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox (twice), Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros, batting .254 with 115 home runs in 1,115 games. He batted and threw right-handed.
Despite his well-traveled resume, Freese was an important cog on the 1961 National League champion Reds. Acquired in an off-season interleague deal with the White Sox, Freese reached career highs in home runs (26) and RBI (87) and played 151 games at third base as Cincinnati won its first pennant since 1940. In the 1961 World Series, won by the New York Yankees in five games, Freese hit only 1-of-16, including being the victim of one of two spectacular defensive plays by third-base counterpart Clete Boyer in the Series opener.
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Freese died on June 18, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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