Jim Fregosi, a longtime fixture in Major League Baseball, died Friday at age 71 after complications of a stroke suffered on an MLB alumni cruise near the Cayman Islands earlier this week, according to multiple reports.
Fregosi spent six decades in baseball, beginning as a player in 1961 and ending with stints as a manager.
He is most known in Chicago for replacing legendary coach Tony LaRussa as manager of the White Sox in the middle of the 1986 season. Fregosi was fired after the 1988 season, finishing with a career 193-226 record as White Sox skipper.
The White Sox released a statement on Fregosi's passing:
"All of Jim's friends at the White Sox were stunned and saddened at the news of his stroke and death today. Jim was your classic baseball lifer, with the experiences and stories to match a career devoted to the game. He will be missed at the ballpark this spring and our thoughts go out to all of his friends and family."
After his stint in Chicago, Fregosi went on to manage the Philadelphia Phillies from 1991-1996, including a trip to the 1993 World Series. He finished his managing career with the Toronto Blue Jays from 1999-2000.