A story about Jim Fregosi
Rando Galloway is officially retired from the Star-Telegram and probably isn’t going to tell this story in public about Jim Fregosi. So I will.
On July 11, 1973, the Rangers purchased Fregosi from the Mets. He was in the twilighht of a great career.
In Fregosi’s first game with the Rangers, he apparently let a ground ball get through him for an error.
Galloway, acerbic as ever, wrote something like: “Jim Fregosi showed up yesterday with the Rangers and let a routine ground ball get through him for an eror. If Fregosi can’t field a routine ground ball, he is not going to be around here much longer.”
The next day Galloway showed up at Arlington Stadium and Fregosi yelled: “Which one of you is Galloway.”
Galloway fessed up. Fregosi looked at him and said something like:
“Kid, One thing you need to understand. No ground ball hit to me is routine.”
Galloway and Fregosi ended up being great friends. Who didn’t.
One thing you should understand when you are reading about the passing of Fregosi and his accomplishments as a manager and a scout…
He was an outstanding shortstop. From 1963-70, he may have been the best shortstop in the American League. He didn’t have the same long career but at his peak, Jim Fregosi was as good as Derek Jeter.
Yes he was really that good. And a better person.