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Fred Beene – 1973 Topps #573

Freddy Ray Beene(born November 24, 1942 in Angleton, Texas) is a retired American 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 tall and 155 pounds. Beene was originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1964. Beene played with Baltimore until 1972 when 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.

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