Bill Freehan's Laws

Behind the Mask

From 1963 until 1976, Bill Freehan played catcher for the Detroit Tigers. He was a successful catcher with a lifetime batting average of .262.

After Freehan retired, he published a widely acclaimed tell-all book about catching called Behind The Mask which showed some insight not only in catching, but behind the scenes of Major League Baseball as well.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The real name of the game is pack and repack." - Bill Freehan in Behind the Mask : An Inside Baseball Diary (Bill Freehan, Popular Publishing, 1969, Page 37)

Bill Freehan's Laws

by Bill Freehan (1969) | Bill Freehan Stats

F1. Freehan's Law: Never beat yourself.
F2. Freehan's Second Law: Always play an expansion club or very weak team, toward the end of July and through August, if possible.
Freehan's Laws by Bill Freehan | Researched by Baseball Almanac
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Bill Freehan held the American League record for career fielding percentage by a junior circuit catcher with .993, until Dan Wilson broke it in 2005.

The Bill Freehan quote at the top of page came from Behind the Mask : An Inside Baseball Diary , which Baseball Almanac highly recommends for those interested in what goes on behind the scenes of both baseball and the catcher's mask.

Did you know that Bill Freehan was named to an All-Star Team eleven of his fifteen major league years? Click his name to review & learn more about his career.

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