August 19 (UPI) - Detroit Tigers Icon Bill Freehan, a selection of 11 times in star played by Catcher in the 1968 World Series Championship team, died on Thursday at 79 years.
The organization honored Freehan with a moment of silence before an afternoon game against Los Angeles angels. The Tigers also showed photos and a video tribute in the Marcica de Comerica Park.
"It's with a heavy heart that all of us with the Detroit tigers extend our condolences to the friends and family of Bill Freehan," said the club in a press release. "A great tiger of all time, the Olde English 'D' was the only logo that he was carrying for his career of 15 years of great leagues, during which he was appointed 11 All-Star teams, won five Straight Gold Glove Awards And he played a key role in the 1968 World Series Championship team.
"Outside the diamond, Freehan made a positive impact on the Southeast Michigan community, even as a player and then coach at the University of Michigan, where he changed many life for better, our thoughts are with Bill's wife, Pat, And the whole Family Freehan ".
Freehan had suffered Alzheimer's disease in his last years, spending in recent years in hospice caregivers at him in northern Michigan.
Bill Freehan will not be forgotten soon. pic.twitter.com/QG84KKJZ4J- DETROIT TIGERS (@TIGERS) 19 August, 2021
He played all his MLB career with the tigers, since 1961-76. Along with the 11 appearances of him in all the stars, Freehan received five gold gloves.
Freehan had an average batting .262 with 200 racing at home, 758 rbis and 1,591 hits more than 1,774 career games in Detroit. The 200-run career totals and 2,502 total bases of him put him behind Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey between the recipients of the American League when he retired.
Freehan then trained baseball at the University of Michigan and in the Tigers minor league system.