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Bill Freehan

Gold Glove 1965, 66, 67, 68, 69
All-Star 1965, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75

Full Name: William Ashley Freehan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Born: Nov 29, 1941 in Detroit, MI
College: University of Michigan
Major League Debut: Sep 26, 1961

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1961
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
.400
.243
.300
.234
.234
.282
.263
.262
.241
.277
.262
.234
.297
.246
.270
4
100
144
130
136
155
155
143
117
148
111
110
130
120
71
10
300
520
431
492
517
540
489
395
516
374
380
445
427
237
1
37
69
45
47
66
73
61
44
57
51
33
58
42
22
4
73
156
101
115
146
142
128
95
143
98
89
132
105
64
0
12
14
15
22
23
24
16
17
26
18
10
17
17
10
0
2
8
0
0
1
2
3
3
4
2
1
5
3
1
0
9
18
10
12
20
25
16
16
21
10
6
18
14
5
4
36
80
43
46
74
84
49
52
71
56
29
60
47
27
1
39
36
39
40
73
65
53
52
54
48
40
42
32
12
0
56
68
63
72
71
64
55
48
48
51
30
44
56
27
.455
.331
.350
.306
.294
.389
.366
.342
.332
.353
.354
.323
.361
.306
.303
.400
.387
.462
.339
.352
.447
.454
.405
.420
.465
.401
.313
.479
.398
.384
Totals AVG
.262
G
1774
AB
6073
R
706
H
1591
2B
241
3B
35
HR
200
RBI
758
BB
626
K
753
OBP
.340
SLG
.412

 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1961
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
0
2
8
7
3
20
24
8
4
9
6
11
5
6
1
0
8
8
10
11
9
9
12
11
13
7
13
12
11
4
4
116
240
146
173
231
245
198
166
240
150
119
213
170
91
0
4
3
5
9
15
4
6
5
9
0
2
2
3
0
0
1
1
5
7
3
3
2
3
3
1
1
6
1
1
0
3
7
3
2
5
3
3
4
4
1
3
4
2
4
0
2
5
4
5
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
2
2
2
1
2
3
7
1
0
0
0
0
-.---
1.000
.833
.667
.714
.333
.000
.333
.000
.222
.000
-.---
1.000
1.000
-.---
--.-
33.3
28.9
43.1
41.0
25.9
21.6
30.6
24.7
24.6
37.4
63.3
24.7
30.5
47.4
--.-
5.4
7.6
6.8
6.8
7.3
8.4
8.9
8.2
10.8
7.3
12.7
10.1
7.6
8.8
Totals HBP
114
GDP
138
TB
2502
IBB
67
SH
38
SF
48
SB
24
CS
21
SB%
.533
AB/HR
30.4
AB/K
8.1


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1961
1963
1963
1964
1964
1965
1966
1966
1967
1967
1968
1968
1968
1969
1969
1970
1971
1971
1972
1972
1973
1973
1974
1974
1975
1975
1976
1976
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
C
1B
C
1B
C
C
1B
C
1B
C
OF
1B
C
1B
C
C
OF
C
1B
C
1B
C
C
1B
1B
C
1B
C
3
19
73
1
141
129
5
132
11
147
1
21
138
20
120
114
1
144
1
105
7
98
63
65
5
113
2
61
18
164
431
7
991
926
48
958
82
1021
0
173
1050
148
877
786
0
966
9
713
57
637
362
630
55
652
22
346
14
147
407
7
923
865
44
898
77
950
0
162
971
138
821
742
0
912
6
648
54
584
312
590
53
582
16
312
4
16
22
0
61
57
4
56
5
63
0
10
73
7
49
42
0
50
3
57
3
50
45
36
2
64
6
28
0
1
2
0
7
4
0
4
0
8
0
1
6
3
7
2
0
4
0
8
0
3
5
4
0
6
0
6
0
14
5
0
7
4
3
11
6
9
0
11
15
7
7
6
0
6
0
9
2
3
6
49
4
8
2
2
1.000
0.994
0.995
1.000
0.993
0.996
1.000
0.996
1.000
0.992
-.---
0.994
0.994
0.980
0.992
0.997
-.---
0.996
1.000
0.989
1.000
0.995
0.986
0.994
1.000
0.991
1.000
0.983
Totals G
1740
Ch
12129
PO
11235
A
813
E
81
DP
196
FPCT
0.993


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1975
TM
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
AB
0
1
2
5
2
2
1
3
1
0
0
R
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
H
0
1
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
TB
0
1
1
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
BB
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
K
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
1.000
.500
.000
.000
1.000
.000
.000
.000
-.---
-.---
SLG
-.---
1.000
.500
.000
.000
2.500
.000
.000
.000
-.---
-.---
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
2.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
--.-
2.5
2.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
8
AB
17
R
2
H
4
2B
0
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
2
TB
7
BB
3
K
3
SB
0
AVG
.235
SLG
.412
AB/HR
17.0
AB/K
5.7


LCS STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1972
TM
Det
LG
AL
G
3
AB
12
R
2
H
3
2B
1
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
3
TB
7
BB
0
K
1
SB
0
BAVG
.250
SLG
.583
AB/HR
12.0
AB/K
12.0
Totals G
3
AB
12
R
2
H
3
2B
1
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
3
TB
7
BB
0
K
1
SB
0
AVG
.250
SLG
.583
AB/HR
12.0
AB/K
12.0


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1968
TM
Det
LG
AL
G
7
AB
24
R
0
H
2
2B
1
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
2
TB
3
BB
4
K
8
SB
0
BAVG
.083
SLG
.125
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
3.0
Totals G
7
AB
24
R
0
H
2
2B
1
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
2
TB
3
BB
4
K
8
SB
0
AVG
.083
SLG
.125
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
3.0





[Biographical information by Clarke Carmody, The Ballplayers at Idealog.com]

The Tigers signed Freehan, a University of Michigan baseball and football star, for a $100,000 bonus in 1961. Two years later the Detroit native became their regular catcher and held the position for 14 seasons.

Freehan showed signs of becoming the league's top catcher in 1964, his first and only season as a .300 hitter, and his first as an All-Star. That began a streak of ten straight years representing the AL, seven of those as a starter. After two seasons of hitting .234, the righthanded hitter matured in 1967, finishing third in MVP voting after leading the Tigers to within one game of the AL title. In 1968 the quiet leader reached career highs with 25 HR and 84 RBI, capping off the season by catching Tim McCarver's foul pop for the final out in Game Seven of the World Series triumph in St. Louis. A batter who crowded the plate, he was hit by pitches 24 times that year - then a league record - including three HBP in one game on August 16.

Freehan never matched his 1968 offensive stats, though he had a three home run game in Boston in August 1971. Freehan was outstanding behind the plate. The five-time Gold Glove recipient tied a record with 19 putouts in a 1965 contest. In 1968 he set an AL record for most putouts and chances in a year. When he retired, Freehan held the ML career marks for most chances, most putouts, and highest fielding average for a catcher. He is among the Detroit top ten in six offensive categories. His 200 homeruns were split evenly with 100 at home and 100 on the road. He wrote Behind the Mask, a diary of the 1969 season. Bill was involved in only one Triple Play in his career and that came on 7/15/1969 against the Washington Senators. He was playing first base during the game (one of twenty times that year he rested his knees).