Fred Besana (baseball)

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Fred Besana
Born: (1931-04-05)April 5, 1931
Lincoln, California
Died: November 7, 2015(2015-11-07) (aged 84)
Lincoln, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1956, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 1956, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1–0
Earned run average 5.60
Strikeouts 7

Frederick Cyril "Fred" Besana (April 5, 1931 – November 7, 2015) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1956.[1] He also played in the minor leagues for eight seasons.[1]

Besana made his Major League debut on April 18, 1956 at the age of 25.[1] In his first appearance, he pitched two innings, allowing two walks while striking out one batter (Don Buddin) and allowing no runs to score. In total, he appeared in seven games in his sole big league season and posted a 1-0 record with a 5.60 ERA. On April 22, he made the first of two career starts, picking up the victory against the Washington Senators.[2] He appeared in his final big league game on May 13.

Besana pitched in the minor leagues in 1950, from 1954 to 1959 and in 1960. In his first professional season, he won 18 games for the Sweetwater Swatters and Albuquerque Dukes, despite posting a 5.14 ERA. With the Vancouver Mounties in 1959, he posted a 2.77 ERA in 32 games. Overall, Besana went 58-67 with a 4.33 ERA in 254 minor league games.[3]

Besana also coached at the high-school level (Oakmont High School and Roseville High School) and at the American River College.[1]

His son, Fred Besana, played in the National Football League and United States Football League.


  1. ^ a b c d McDermott, Mark (November 7, 2015). "Fred Besana, former major-leaguer and area coach, dies at 85". Sacramento, California: The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Apr 22, 1956, Senators at Orioles Box Score and Play by Play". April 22, 1956. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fred Besana Register Statistics & History". Retrieved November 8, 2015. 

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