This 5'11" 160-lb slugger preceded Babe Ruth by a generation, but could have been the prototype for the future home run champion. A lefthanded pitcher converted to the outfield because of his outstanding hitting, Freeman was one of the premier power hitters of baseball's dead-ball era. In his first full ML season, 1899, Freeman hit 25 home runs for Washington to lead the National League. This total, only two fewer than Ned Williamson's record of 27 in 1884, was not surpassed until Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Moving to the Red Sox of the newly formed American League in 1901, he finished second in HR for two years before leading with 13 in 1903. (Freeman and Sam Crawford are the only players to have led both the AL and NL in home runs.) In both 1902 and 1903, Freeman was the AL leader in RBI.
Strong-armed but erratic in the field, Freeman was tried at first base, but was at his best in right field. His heavy hitting, especially in clutch situations, carried the Red Sox to two pennants (1903-04), and victory in the first modern World Series, in 1903. (JL)
Andy Abad was born Fausto Andres Abad on August 25, 1972 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Before being drafted, he graduated from Jupiter High School in Florida (Dante Bichette also attended Jupiter High), and then he attended Middle Georgia College. Middle Georgia College has had alumni such as Kal Daniels, Jody Davis, Tom Dunbar, Shawn Hillegas, Mike Fitzgerald, Ray Stephens, Garey Ingram and Ernest Riles.
Replaced Chuck Dressen as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, and stayed in that capacity until he retired after the 1976 season being replaced by Tommy Lasorda. He struckout in his only AB as a player, playing in one game for the St. Louis Cardinals September 27, 1936 .He also made 1 error at first base while only making one putout in that game.
Willie Kirkland...A power hitting prospect with the San Francisco Giants in the early 60's. The Giants were loaded with power then so he was shuffled off to the Cleveland Indians for Harvey Kuenn. The year before Harvey was sent to Cleveland by the Detroit Tigers for...Rocky Colavito. OUCH ! So in reality the Tribe traded " The Rock " for Willie Kirkland. Anyway Willie did have a few solid seasons but he was no Colavito. In Cleveland Rocky Colavito and football's Jim Brown walk with Gods.
Ken Boyer...Played with the St. Louis Cards 1955-65. Part of the great Cards team that beat the Yankees in the 1964 World Series. He also spent time with the Mets, White Sox and Dodgers. He ended his 15 year major league career with 282 home runs, 1141 RBI's, 2143 hits and a very respectable .287 batting average. He appeared in over 2,000 games.
In 1945, Pete Gray played in seventy-seven games for the St. Louis Browns. He collected fifty-one hits, eight for extra bases, and compiled a .218 batting average. As an outfielder, he made 162 put-outs, three assists, and seven errors for a .959 fielding average. He was the first one-armed ballplayer to make it to the Major Leagues.