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    Rookie siblings Gene and George Freese teamed up on the 1955 Pirates and even battled for the same position. Both played third base, while Gene, seven years the junior, also played second base and turned in the better season (.253, 14 HR, 44 RBI). Shaky fielding offset his powerful bat. He played for five teams in four years (1958-61), and had his best season (.277, 26 HR, 87 RBI) for the 1961 NL Champion Reds. Freese lost everyday status after suffering a broken ankle in March 1962. He ranks among the all-time leaders with nine pinch homers, including two consecutive in April 1959. (ME)

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