Freddy Ray Beene (born November 24, 1942) is an American former professional baseball player. Beene was a right-handed pitcher who played in the Major Leagues between 1968 to 1975. He was listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 155 pounds (70 kg).
Beene played college baseball at Sam Houston State University. In performance in the small college World Series convinced Orioles scout Dee Phillips to sign him for $6,000 in 1964. Beene played with Baltimore's minor league system until 1968 and made his major league debut in September 18 of that year. He played in eight games over three seasons for the Orioles. In 1972, he was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to named later, which turned out to be Dale Spier. Beene pitched very well for the Yankees, having earned run averages under 2.50. In 1974 Beene was traded by with Tom Buskey, Steve Kline, and Fritz Peterson to the Cleveland Indians for Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow, and Cecil Upshaw.
Beene appeared in 112 MLB games played, all but six as a relief pitcher. In 288 innings, he allowed 274 hits and 111 bases on balls, with 156 strikeouts. Primarily a middle reliever, Beene notched eight career saves, and compiled a career earned run average of 3.63.
After his playing career, Beene spent 20 seasons (1981–2000) as a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers. One of the players he talked the Brewers into drafting was Jim Morris in 1983, who would make his major league debut 16 years later.
- ^ "Baltimore's Fred Beene". Gadsden Times. March 18, 1970. p. 17.
- ^ Morris, Jim (2008). The Rookie: The Incredible True Story of a Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dream. p. 37. ISBN 9780446549875.
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