Bill Freehan

Bill Freehan
Birthdate 11/29/1941
Death Date 8/19/2021
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.

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The career of 11-time All Star Bill Freehan is underappreciated

The career of 11-time All Star Bill Freehan is underappreciated

One of the greatest catchers of his era, Bill Freehan made the All Star team in ten consecutive years. In fact he made the Mid Summer Classic in all 11 seasons in which he caught at least 75 games. Freehan played for two American League champions including the 1968 World Series
Bill Freehan was one of a select group of players to have off-field endorsements

Bill Freehan was one of a select group of players to have off-field endorsements

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 endorsements. That wasn’t always the case. This document
John Fetzer owned the Tigers for the entirety of Freehan's career

John Fetzer owned the Tigers for the entirety of Freehan's career

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,
Bill Freehan, Willie Horton, Al Kaline, and Mickey Lolich are Detroit legends

Bill Freehan, Willie Horton, Al Kaline, and Mickey Lolich are Detroit legends

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, 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.

  3. Jim says:

    The people who hold the keys to the HOF need to be FIRED. Seems like they no nothing of baseball or they are political or just love their power. Bill Freehan definitely belongs in the HOF. I’m a Yankee fan and I always appreciated the talent Mr. Freehan gave to his position.

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