Former Giants' special assistant and legendary Serra High School athlete Jim Fregosi has been taken off life support in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke.
Fregosi, 71, was on a cruise with other former big-league players when he suffered a series of strokes last weekend, according to mlb.com. He was hospitalized last weekend in the Cayman Islands, then flown to Miami on Wednesday, the web site said.
Fregosi, a six-time all-star at shortstop for the Angels who also managed in the big leagues for 15 seasons, spent 1997 and '98 as a special assistant to Giants general manager Brian Sabean before he left to manage the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999.
At Serra, a school that has produced greats such as Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann and Tom Brady, Fregosi's prep career might have surpassed all of them. He earned 11 varsity letters in four sports -- running back in football, guard on the basketball team and a long-jumper in track -- in addition to his exploits on a baseball diamond.
Shortly after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978 -- in what would be his 18th and final big-league season -- Fregosi told the Los Angeles Times that he thought his best sport in high school was football. He received several college football scholarship offers but instead signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox before the 1960 season.
In December of that year, he was drafted by the new Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft, and that's where Fregosi achieved his greatest success. He spent 11 seasons with the Angels and made the American League All-Star team six times. He had his best season in 1967, hitting .290, winning his only Gold Gloves and finishing seventh in the A.L. Most Valuable Player voting.
After the 1971 season, Fregosi was traded by the Angels to the New York Mets for four players including future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Fregosi spent only a year and a half with the Mets before moving on to the Texas Rangers and the Pirates. He never again played more than 101 games in a season after being traded by the Angels.
Fregosi began his 15-year managerial career right after being released by the Pirates. According to SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), Angels owner Gene Autry asked the Pirates to release Fregosi so he could be hired as the Angels' skipper. He spent four years with the Angels, and also managed the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Blue Jays.
In 1993, Fregosi led the Phillies to the World Series, where they lost in six games to Toronto.
Fregosi was inducted to the Serra High School Hall of Fame in 1990. Besides being all-Catholic Athletic League in football and baseball, he set a school record in the long jump, a mark that was eventually broken by Swann.
The Angels retired Fregosi's uniform number 11 in 1998.