Gene Freese passed away on June 18, 2013 at age 79, from complications following back surgery. He had lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years.
Freese was a 3rd baseman for six teams from 1955-1966. Although starting out with the Pirates, his big years were as the power-hitting 3rd baseman for the Phillies ('59), White Sox ('60), and NL champion Reds ('61). He later returned to the Pirates and White Sox.