A Letter From Fregosi


Former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi passed away suddenly last week after suffering a stroke.  Fregosi, a six-time All Star player, skippered the Phils from 1991 through 1996, winning the National League Championship in 1993.  His tenure corresponded with the height of my childhood fandom, and I clearly remember both the day he was hired, as well as the day he was fired.  

Since retiring from on-field duty, Fregosi had been a great friend to the collecting hobby, providing autographs via TTM on request.  Over the years, he had been very generous to me personally, signing many items including team balls which were missing his autograph.  Inspired by one of my favorite blogs, "Baseball by the Letters", I once sent him a set of questions related to his experiences with the Phillies - which, he promptly responded to with insight and humor.  As we reflect on his life, I thought I would share those questions/responses...

Question 1:

The core set of players had been together for a couple years going into 1993.  What do you think was the key to success that season?

Answer: Health!  And, the additions of Jim Eisenreich and Milt Thompson were the difference makers.

Question 2: 

Is there a single moment of the 1993 season that stands out as your greatest memory?

Answer: Mariano Duncan's grand slam (on Mother's Day, off Lee Smith)

Question 3:

How was the Vet as both a player and manager?  Did you enjoy hitting there?

Answer: Conditions at the Vet were terrible - with rats bigger than Dykstra!