Angels release statement on death of Jim Fregosi

Jim Fregosi plays at shortstop for the Angels.
(Los Angeles Times)

Jim Fregosi, 71, who was a star shortstop for the Angels from 1961 to 1971 and managed them to their first division title in 1979, died Friday in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke earlier this week, the Angels announced.

“The Angels organization joins the rest of the Major League Baseball community in mourning the loss today of Jim Fregosi,” the Angels said in a statement. “His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years.

“Jim was one of Mr. Autry’s all-time favorite players, and a man who remained in the hearts and memories of long-time Angel fans. Jim’s induction into the Angels Hall of Fame and the retiring of his uniform No. 11, were among the prouder moments in club history. His personality was infectious, his love of the game legendary, and his knowledge endless. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Joni and members of the Fregosi family.”

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