Bill Freehan

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Birthdate 11/29/1941
Death Date
Debut Year 1961
Year of Induction
Teams Tigers
Position Catcher

An All Star in all 11 seasons in which he caught 75+ games, Bill Freehan held MLB career records for catchers in fielding %, chances, and putouts at his retirement.

 

In the collection:

Bill Freehan shakes hands with American League President Joe Cronin, both have signed this photo

Bill Freehan shakes hands with American League President Joe Cronin, both have signed this photo

One of the greatest catchers of his era, Bill Freehan made the All Star team in ten consecutive years, and in all 11 seasons in which he caught at least 75 games. He played on two American League champions including the 1968 World Series
Bill Freehan signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

Bill Freehan signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent out questionnaires like this one to its players to determine what endorsements each man had. Today’s players compliment their baseball salary with off field endorsement but that wasn’t always the case. This document filled out by Bill Freehan 
Closeup of 1974 Bill Freehan signature on endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Closeup of 1974 Bill Freehan signature on endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Shown here is the closeup of the bottom of Bill Freehan’s 1974 MLBPA endorsement questionnaire. Freehan has added, “Detroit” directly under the line where he printed his last name. The catcher played for the Tigers not only in
Bill Freehan shakes hands with Tigers owner John Fetzer in 1961

Bill Freehan shakes hands with Tigers owner John Fetzer in 1961

Bill Freehan signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1961 and debuted later that same season. In this picture taken the same year, Freehan shakes hands with Tiger owner John Fetzer. Many believe Freehan deserves Cooperstown consideration. An all star in all 11 season in which he caught at least 75 games,
Tiger autographs of Bill Freehan, Horton, Kaline, and Lolich

Tiger autographs of Bill Freehan, Horton, Kaline, and Lolich

In the collection is this limited edition Upper Deck collectors series tribute to the 1971 Tigers signed by Freehan, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Mickey Lolich. All four players were on the Tigers 1968 championship team and the 1971 team that won 91 games. Freehan was an All Star in both years and

4 responses to “Bill Freehan”

  1. Denny says:

    The best catcher and great nice man and knew the game better than onyone ive known…billy was a very special glue for our team. Billy was a REAL PLAYER

  2. Jim Smiley says:

    Thanks for leaving the link to the Facebook page. Love to see support for Bill Freehan.

  3. Jim Smiley says:

    Thanks, Denny. You sure had a special year in 1968 and I’d bet Bill was a big part of that. Always great to hear from you.

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