Jim Fregosi, a former Major League Baseball manager to spent 53 years in the business died today following complications from a stroke.
He was 71 years old.
Jim Fregosi Jr., the oldest son of the late All-Star, told MLB.com that his dad passed away at 2:36 a.m. and "went in peace with no pain."
Fregosi managed 15 years with the Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. He compiled a 1,028-1,094 record over that time and led the 1993 Phillies to the World Series.
"Everyone in the Phillies organization is deeply saddened about the news of Jim's passing. We, and so many others in the game, have lost a dear friend," Philadelphia President David Montgomery said in a statement. "He'll be remembered for his vibrant personality, wisdom and love of the game."
Fregosi was also a six-time All-Star during his playing days, during which he batted .265 overall and his 151 home runs.
The Angels, retired Fregosi's number- 11 in 1988 and released a statement of their own that reads:
"His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years.
"Jim's induction into the Angels Hall of Fame and the retiring of his uniform No. 11, were among the prouder moments in club history. His personality was infectious, his love of the game legendary, and his knowledge endless."
Fregosi suffered a stroke aboard a MLB alumni cruise recently and was taken off life support last night. We send our condolences to his loved ones.