I thought I'd look up and find all of the catchers that Bill Freehan can call a teammate during his 15 year career in wearing the Olde English D.
1️⃣9️⃣6️⃣1️⃣ Bill was called up late in the 1961 season, on September 26th, playing in an 8-5 loss vs the Kansas City Athletics.
Bill went 2-4. with an RBI, catching all 9 innings at old Municipal Stadiun in front of just 3,262 fans.
The Tigers used 5 catchers in '61 before Freehan made that start.
Dick Brown caught the most games that year (93)...
🐯 In 1976, Bill's last year playing baseball, he caught 57 games, brining his total games behind the plate at a Tigers All-Time best of 1,581.
*** I still haven't forgiven the Tigers for issuing jersey #11 to Kimm in 1977 (He wore #46 in 1976).
(Also, I haven't forgiven the Tigers for allowing Sparky Anderson to wear #11 either.)
1️⃣9️⃣6️⃣3️⃣ Veteran catcher Gus Triandos was acquired by the Tigers to mentor Freehan during the 1963 season, catching 90 games, with Bill behind the plate for 19 games, all as a starter.
🐯 Bill also caught 15 complete games in 1963.
In all, from 1961-76, Freehan was teammates with 19 different catchers.
1️⃣9️⃣ men in a span of 15 years, as mentors, as backups, as lifelong friends, in the toughest club in baseball, the big leagues catchers club.
📋 Well, that's it for Day 2 of FREEHAN80, thanks to all for stopping by and reading my blog.
Have a great rest of your weekend, and, as always, Play BALL! ⚾️🐯