William Ashley Freehan
Positions: Catcher and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 203 lb.
Born: November 29, 1941 in Detroit, MI
High School: Royal Oak HS (Royal Oak, MI) School: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) by the Signed Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1961.
( All Transactions) Debut: September 26, 1961 (Age 19)
vs. KCA 4 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB Team: Tigers 1961-1976 Final Game: October 3, 1976 (Age 34)
vs. MIL 3 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB Relatives: Brother-In-Law of Dan O'Brien View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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News -- March 2014
3/9 Motor City Bengals: Motor City Bengals All-Time Detroit Tigers Team: RP Aurelio Lopez:
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11/13 Bronx Baseball Daily: MLB working on rule change to protect catchers: Major League Baseball moving forward on making a rule change in order to protect Major League catchers from home plate collisions. ...
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4/23 Motor City Bengals: Hereditary Fandom: My prolonged absence Motor City Bengals is in part because of my grandpa, who has recently been having serious health problems. ...
4/15 Not in the Hall of Fame: 49. Bill Freehan: You would not think that an eleven time All Star would be forgotten among Hall of Fame consideration, but in the case of career ... News -- March 2013
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1/12 High Heat Stats: WAAS Experiment #1: Adjusted WAAS: In a long exchange on the original WAAS post, reader Robert proposed adjusting the WAAS method to account for partial seasons.Basic ...
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11/14 Classic Minnesota Twins: Most Bizzare Twins Fielding Play: Brant Alyea on April 25, 1970: In the early season of 1970, new Twins outfielder Brant Alyea was the flavor of the month. He had been acquired ... News -- July 2011
7/24 B-R Blog: 4 BoSox hitters on pace for 6 Wins Above Replacement: Through Saturday 7/23, Red Sox hold 4 of the AL's top 5 spots in Wins Above Replacement* for position players: #2 - Dustin Pedroia, ... News -- June 2011
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