From our Free the Doug Mohns One! desk
Saturday’s Boston Globe featured this obituary (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Jim Fregosi, 71, All-Star shortstop and gregarious manager
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Atlanta Braves special assistant Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop and manager known for his gregarious personality and baseball acumen, died early Friday in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes four days earlier . . .
After an 18-year playing career that included six All-Star seasons with the Angels, Mr. Fregosi managed parts of 15 seasons in the majors and had a 1,028-1,094 record with the Angels, White Sox, Phillies, and Blue Jays. He guided the Phillies to a 97-65 record and 1993 World Series berth after rallying from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Braves in three straight in the National League Championship Series.
Fregosi’s Boston connection?
He received multiple college football scholarship offers but opted to sign with the Red Sox for a $20,000 bonus.
Period. Never played for the Sox (although he did affect the 1967 Impossible Dream team in an indirect yet significant way according to ESPN’s Gordon Edes.)
Hey, Globeniks: Do the right thing, yeah?
Give Doug Mohns a proper sendoff.
UPDATE: To his credit, Globe sportswriter Fluto Shinzawa wrote this in today’s Sunday Hockey Notes column:
Remembering former Bruin Mohns
Doug Mohns last pulled on a Black and Gold jersey in 1964. Half a century later, fans recalled the former Bruin with fondness upon his death Feb. 7. Mohns appeared in 1,390 career games for Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Atlanta, and Washington. Mohns, who played both up front and on defense, scored 248 goals and 462 assists. In Boston, Mohns had his best season in 1959-60, scoring 20 goals and 25 assists for coach Milt Schmidt. In Chicago, Mohns played on a line with Stan Mikita. Mohns might be best remembered as being an early adopter of the slap shot.
Nice, but still not a proper obit.