Gene FreeseBaseball, 1954-66
New Orleans Pelicans/MLB
- Turned in an outstanding 1954 season with the New Orleans Pelicans, batting .332 with 182 hits, 30 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs in 145 games to launch a 12-year Major League Baseball career.
- Played in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros, batting .254 with 115 home runs in 1,115 games
- A key played for the 1961 National League champion Reds. Belted 26 home runs with 87 runs batted in in 151 games at third base.
- Ranks among the all-time leaders in major league baseball with nine pinch-hit home runs.
- After his professional baseball career, returned to New Orleans and enjoyed a long business career in his adopted hometown.
- Also inducted into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame (2008).
- Born Jan. 8, 1934 in Wheeling, West Va.