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George Walter Freese
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The brother of Gene Freese, George Freese got most of his major league at-bats in 1955 as the other third baseman on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rookie Gene appeared in 65 games at third while George appeared in 50 games at the position. Gene was a better fielder and had more power while George had a higher batting average and on-base percentage. On May 1st, he hit an inside-the-park grand slam, but he was sent down to the minors at the end of a doubleheader on June 12th. He was hitting .257 with 3 homers and 22 RBI at the time, but would not return to the big leagues until six years later, when he played 9 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1961.

He led the Western League in 1951 with a .338 batting average. In 1956, he hit .291 with 22 home runs for the pennant-winning Los Angeles Angels.

After his playing career ended, Freese was a member of the Cubs' coaching staff in 1964 and 1965 and was a minor league manager. Freese also scouted for the Cubs from 1964 to 1970.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1962 St. Cloud Rox Northern League 61-63 5th Chicago Cubs
1963 Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League 63-77 5th Chicago Cubs
1964 Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League 40-25 1st Chicago Cubs none League Champs
1965 Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League 35-31 1st Chicago Cubs none League Champs
1966 Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League 36-30 2nd Chicago Cubs
1967 Caldwell Cubs Pioneer League 40-26 2nd Chicago Cubs
1968 Caldwell Cubs Pioneer League 33-30 3rd Chicago Cubs
1969 Caldwell Cubs Pioneer League 33-39 5th Chicago Cubs
1970 Huron Cubs Northern League 37-31 2nd Chicago Cubs none
1971 Lodi Padres California League 65-74 6th San Diego Padres
1973 Bakersfield Dodgers California League 70-70 4th Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1974 Bakersfield Dodgers California League 65-75 5th Los Angeles Dodgers

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