Saturday, November 20, 2021

FREEHAN 80- Dick Brown to Bruce Kimm

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)...

...followed by Mike Roarke (86), Frank House (17), Harry Chiti (5), and Freehan (4).

🐯 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.

... John Wockenfuss, and Milt May were the other catchers in the 1976 season for the Tigers. 

*** 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.

Dick Brown
Frank House
Harry Chiti

Gus Triandos 
John Sullivan
Jackie Moore
Orlando McFarland
Arlo Brubsberg

Jim Price

Bill Heath

Gene Lamont

Tim Hosley
Tom Haller

Duke Sims

Bob Didier

John Wockenfuss 

Terry Humphrey 
Bruce Kimm

Milt May

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! ⚾️🐯

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