Bill Freehan

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William Ashley Freehan (born November 29, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played his 15-year career with the Detroit Tigers (1961, 1963-76).

Freehan was considered one of the top catchers of his era, and the quiet leader of the 1968 World Series championship squad. Over the course of his career, he won five Gold Glove Awards (1965-69), and was selected an 11-time All-Star (1964-73, 1975).

Freehan was a career .262 hitter with 200 home runs and 758 RBI in 1774 games. He retired holding Major League records in putouts, total chances and highest fielding percentage for a catcher.

Before his professional baseball career, Freehan attended the University of Michigan, here he set an all-time Big Ten Conference batting mark of .585 in 1961. Freehan returned to the University of Michigan as head coach of the baseball team from 1989 to 1995.

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