A few links honoring the life of former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi:
Delco Times – Phillies Family Remember ’93 Skipper Fregosi
The 1993 Phillies weren’t supposed to win. But led by Jim Fregosi, they found a way to go to the World Series. Part of the reason was because Fregosi believed in them, and as a result, they began to believe in themselves. He was straightforward and honest, and players loved that about him.
Philly.com – Former Manager Fregosi Dies at Age 71
Evidence of how much the Phillies players like Fregosi can be seen in this quote: “Jim Fregosi was not only one of the most respected men in baseball, he was a great man,” former centerfielder Lenny Dykstra said yesterday. “He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your ass off for him. Jim Fregosi was the reason that 1993 was one of the most exciting years in Philadelphia sports history.”
The Good Phight – Former Manager Jim Fregosi Passes Away
Fregosi may now be known more as a manager, but he was actually a good player before that. He had an 18 year career as a shortstop, and received a number of MVP votes along the way. He was even once traded for Nolan Ryan.
Yahoo! Sports – A Tribute to Jim Fregosi and his 1993 Philadelphia Phillies
In Jim Fregosi’s six years as Phillies manager, they had five losing seasons, and were a combined 32 games under .500. But it was that one outlier season that has caused fans to remember the man fondly. In 1993, Fregosi extracted excellence from an unlikely cast of colorful characters to come within two games of a World Series championship.
Tweet of Importance
Fregosi once confronted a Dallas writer who’d written he botched a routine ground ball. “Listen! No ground ball hit to me is EVER routine!”
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) February 15, 2014