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Lonny Frey

Class of 1961

Anyone predicting this spring that Linus Frey ... would play a full game at second base in the All-Star game ... would have been gently led away to the nearest psychopathic ward and barred from the press box for life.

- Brooklyn sportswriter Arthur Patterson

Lonny Frey broke in to the Major Leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933 before being traded to the Cubs in 1937. He was acquired by the Reds prior to the 1938 season and beat out incumbent Alex Kampouris for the starting second baseman's position. A solid player throughout his career, Frey became one of the game's best players after donning a Reds uniform. He was named to the All-Star team in the Reds' pennant winning season of 1939 and again in 1941 and 1943. During the Reds' World Championship season in 1940, Frey led the National League in stolen bases with 22 and finished 4th in the league in runs scored with 102. Known as "The Leopard" in the famed Jungle Cat infield of 1939-1940 (Frank "Wildcat" McCormick at first, Frey at second, Billy "Jaguar" Myers at shortstop and Bill "Tiger" Werber), Frey was considered perhaps the finest defensive player of the group and led all-NL second basemen in fielding from 1941-1943.

After devoting 1944 and 1945 to military service during World War II, Frey returned to the Reds for a final season in 1946. After leaving the Reds, Frey split the 1947 season between with the Cubs and Yankees, winning a second World Championship when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the 1947 World Series. He moved across town to the New York Giants in 1948 and appeared in his final Major League game on September 28 of that year. Frey ended his baseball career with stops at AAA Buffalo and Seattle in 1949 and 1950, respectively.

At the time of his death in 2009, the 99-year-old Frey was the oldest living veteran of the Pacific Coast League and the last living player to have played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and New York Yankees. He was also the oldest living Cincinnati Red. With Frey's passing, Eddie Joost (ironically Frey's replacement at second during the 1940 World Series after Frey was injured) is the lone living member of the 1940 championship team; a club still recalled with affection and reverence 70 years after it last took the field.

Nickname:
Leopard
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 10"
Weight:
160
Born:
August 23, 1910, St. Louis, Missouri
Death:
September 13, 2009, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
How Acquired:
Purchased by the Cincinnati Reds from the Chicago Cubs on February 4, 1938
Debut:
August 29, 1933 vs. Chicago Cubs
Final Game:
September 28, 1948 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Inducted
into the Reds Hall of Fame 1961
Reds Career Statistics
Career Statistics for Lonny Frey
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
941 3533 541 937 1289 158 43 36 310 499 306 68 .265 .358 .365 .723
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