Jim Frey Wiki – Jim Frey Bio
James Gottfried Frey (born May 26, 1931) is a former manager and coach in Major League Baseball. He led the Kansas City Royals to their first American League championship in 1980, in his first year with the team. In the World Series, they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, who won their first World Series championship.
Jim Frey Age
He was 88 years old.
Jim Frey Family & Children
According to the Patriots, Frey is survived by his wife of 68 years Joan, his son James, his daughters Cindy, Mary, and Jennifer, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Jim Frey Early Career
Frey, a lifelong friend of Don Zimmer (they were teammates at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati), never reached the major leagues as a player. A left-handed-batting and -throwing outfielder, he spent much of his career in the farm systems of the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, then joined the Baltimore Orioles as a scout and minor league manager. He was promoted to the Orioles’ coaching staff under Earl Weaver in 1970, and coached on three American League pennant winners and one World Series champion through 1979 before his hiring by the Royals.
Jim Frey Death & Cause
Jim Frey, the man who helped bring the Chicago Cubs back to the postseason in the 1980s, died at the age of 88 on Sunday. he was Died By COVID-19
“Jim will be greatly missed and we send our love to the entire Frey family,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “Jim had countless contributions to the Somerset Patriots as one of our first supporters over two decades ago. We wouldn’t be who we are as an organization without his guidance early on. Not only was he a friend to our team, he was more importantly, a friend to me, Suzanne, and Jonathan and Josh. We will do whatever we can to honor him at the ballpark this season and beyond.”
Frey later transitioned into an advisory role for the team and served as an Honorary Manager at the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game hosted at TD Bank Ballpark.
He was also Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle’s first professional baseball manager when he was coming up in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
“Jim was a great baseball mind and the person who gave me my first chance in the game,” Lyle remembered. “He saw the opportunity for me to be a relief pitcher back then and set me on that path. We remained good friends all this time. It’s very sad to hear of his passing. Mary and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Frey family during this difficult time.”