Born: June 2, 1946|
Los Angeles, California
Died: January 9, 1996 (aged 49)|
|September 18, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Baltimore Orioles|
Last MLB appearance
|September 28, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||109|
Career highlights and awards
Freed was one of four children of William and Margie Freed. He was a four-sport athlete at Baldwin Park High School in Baldwin Park, California and attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.
Freed was originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles in
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Back in the minors
Freed never played a game for the Indians, spending all of
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He played in Mexico for all of
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On the last day of the season, his average was .402, and he could have sat on the bench that last day and kept his average above the magical mark. However, the Cardinals were down 6–3 against the New York Mets going in the 9th, and had put a rally together. A double by Mike Tyson, a walk by Mike Anderson, and a single by Mike Phillips had brought the Cardinals to within 6–4 with one out. The Mets removed pitcher Paul Siebert and replaced him with Rick Baldwin, and Baldwin was able to get Mike Potter to fly out. The Cardinals' pitcher, Al Hrabosky was due up, and Freed was called upon to pinch hit. Unfortunately, Freed grounded into a force play, and ended both the game and his chance at .400, winding up with an average of .398.
In Strat-O-Matic baseball, Roger Freed's 1977 card is often used to play "stratball", or to use a player with great stats but a small sample size to improve one's lineup dramatically.
Freed spent two more seasons with the Cardinals. In
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Freed was released during spring training in
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- Retrosheet Box Score, Mets vs. Cardinals, 10/2/1977