Fred Besana, American baseball player, Died at 85


Frederick Cyril Besana was born on April 5, 1931, and died on November 7, 2015.

He was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1956.

Frederick also played in the minor leagues for eight seasons.

Frederick made his Major League debut on April 18, 1956 at the age of 25.

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, Frederick appeared in seven games in his sole big league season and posted a 1-0 record with a 5.60 ERA.

On April 22, Frederick made the first of two career starts, picking up the victory against the Washington Senators.

Frederick appeared in his final big league game on May 13.

Frederick 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, Frederick posted a 2.77 ERA in 32 games. Overall, Besana went 58-67 with a 4.33 ERA in 254 minor league games.

Frederick also coached at the highschool level (Oakmont High School and Roseville High School) and at the American River College.

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

Frederick passed away at age 85 in November 2015.