10/26/2010 5:53 PM ET
Jim Fregosi to receive the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 26, 2010) - The most sought after power-hitting shortstop of the 1960s, and a Southern California favorite, Jim Fregosi, Sr., will be receiving the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 8th Annual "In The Spirit of the Game" Sports and Entertainment Spectacular gala on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Fregosi was the first and only star of the expansion California Angels in the late 1960s. During the franchise's first 11 years in the league, Fregosi was the most productive and popular player. He led the American League in double plays twice, and won the Gold Glove Award in 1967. Fregosi was later traded to the New York Mets for Nolan Ryan. His stint at Shea Stadium was plagued by injuries, and after two seasons the six-time All-star was traded to Texas.
After spending five seasons with the Rangers, and a short time with the Pirates, it was no surprise when the vocal Fregosi replaced Dave Garcia as the Angels' manager in 1978 after 18 years as a player in the majors.
Returning to the Angels bench to coach the man he was traded for just a few years earlier, Fregosi led his squad to an 88-74 record and its first division title the very next season. Fregosi's ace, Nolan Ryan, would soon be dealt to Texas and the Angels would never regain the momentum that Fregosi gave the club in his initial years as skipper. Fregosi would be replaced after a sixth place finish in 1980, and would ride the managerial pine until replacing Tony LaRussa as the White Sox skipper in '86 where he managed three seasons.
In 1991, former teammate and current GM of the Phillies, Lee Thomas gave Fregosi the reins to his ball club. In just two years, Fregosi would lead a club built around stars such as John Kruk, Darren Daulton and Len Dykstra to the NL pennant. Jim Fregosi's 431 wins ranks fourth on the Phillies' all-time list.
Fregosi would end his managerial career with two years with the Toronto Blue Jays. In his 15 years as a major league skipper, Fregosi had a managerial record of 1028-1095.
The Angels honored Fregosi in 1998 when his number "11" was retired, adding him to a small fraternity of players that included Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Gene Autry and Jimmie Reese.
Today, Jim Fregosi is the top advance scout for the Atlanta Braves.
Other honorees at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's star-studded 2011 "In the Spirit of the Game" Sports and Entertainment Spectacular include Tom Seaver, who will be honored with the Player/Scout Award and Tom Sherak, who will be saluted with the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award. Additional honorees will be announced soon.
The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 2010 honorees included Brooks Robinson, Tony LaRussa and Manny Mota, Robin Roberts, Laura Ziskin, Bob Feller, Cy Slapnicka, Charlie Silvera, Larry Barton Jr., Roger Jongewaard, Marty Keough, George Zuraw and Gary Nickels
In years past, the event has honored many legendary baseball Hall of Fame players, managers, scouts, coaches and executives, including Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, and Cal Ripken, Jr., as well as Goose Gossage, Whitey Herzog, Eric Gagne, Curt Schilling, Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, the Boone Family, the Brett family, the Alou family, Major League Baseball executive Pat Gillick, the Boeckmanns, legendary baseball scouts George Genovese, Dave Garcia, Hank King, Gene Bennett, Mel Didier, Epy Guerrero, Moose Johnson, Lenny Yochum and the late Bob Zuk. Past attendees include: MLB Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, Rod Carew, Tommy Lasorda, Frank McCourt, Arte Moreno, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lew Wolff, Mark Attanasio, Brady Anderson, Bret Saberhagen, Chase Utley, Darrell Evans, Don Newcombe, Barry Zito, Joe Borchard, Alyssa Milano, Don Johnson, Tom Arnold, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Michael McDonald, Donnie Most, Mary Hart and Kenny Loggins.
Tickets and sponsorship packages are available to the public by calling 310-996-1188.
About the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation
The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation (PBSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2003 to provide emergency resources through the awarding of grants to scouts (or their immediate family) whose circumstances have created a financial need. We have been fortunate enough to help with such items as house and car payments, medical services including insurance, and daily living expenses up to and including funeral costs. Our mission is to create a financial bridge for those scouts by generating funds through contributions so that the PBSF may continue to help them get back on their feet. For more information visit www.probaseballscouts.com