About Fred Lynn
Fred Lynn graduated from El Monte High School in 1969. After being drafted by the New York Yankees, he decided to go to college and enrolled at USC in 1970.
Fred played for the University of Southern California from 1970-1973, winning three national championships.At USC, Fred played in 158 games, batting .320 in his career (159-for-497). He added 28 home runs and 111 RBIs in that span. He earned All-College World Series honors in 1971 and was a member of the Pan Am Team. Fred followed up that season by being first team All-American in 1972, batting .326 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs. He also earned a all-region and all-conference selection in 1972. Named to the 1970s All-Decade Team for the College World Series.
In 1973, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox that launched his major league career in 1974. He played 17 years in the major leagues for 5 teams.
Boston Red Sox (1974-1980), California Angels (1981-1984), Baltimore Orioles (1985-1988), Detriot Tigers (1988-1989), and San Diego Padres (1990).
Since his retirement in 1990, Fred has been inducted into several baseball hall of fames . In 1996, he was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame. That honor was followed up by Fred being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002. 2007 bestowed another honor, Fred was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Fred was also honored to be inducted into the The Ted Williams Museum And Hitters Hall Of Fame in 2011. Fred couldn’t be more proud and humbled to be a member of these esteemed hall.
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Fred Lynn MLB Awards
In 1975 Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year award for the Boston Red Sox. He batted .331 with 21 homeruns and lead the league in doubles and runs.
Fred Lynn not only won the Rookie of the Year in 1975, but he was also awarded the AL MVP. As a rookie, Fred collected 175 hits and knocked in 105 RBI.
In 1979, Fred Lynn lead the American League in batting with a .333 battling average. He set a career high with 177 hits and 39 homeruns. He finished second in MVP voting to fellow teammate Jim Rice.
The Red Sox added padding to the walls in centerfield at Fenway Park because of Fred Lynn. While with the Red Sox, Lynn won four gold gloves as a centerfielder.
MLB Accomplishments & Records
Fred Lynn made nine straight All-Star games from 1975-1983. He represented both the Boston Red Sox and California Angels.
In 1983, Fred Lynn hit the first and only grand slam in All-Star history off of Atlee Hammaker. AS REPORTED: The star player of the game was Fred Lynn, whose grand slam in the third was the first in All-Star history. National League manager Whitey Herzog had ordered Robin Yount, the preceding batter, walked intentionally, which turned out not to be a good idea. “I take it personally,” Lynn said later. By ’83, Lynn had four home runs and ten runs batted in with twenty All-Star at-bats. Only Ted Williams had a higher All-Star RBI count, with twelve in forty-six at-bats. Stan Musial had ten runs batted in, but in sixty-three at-bats. Lynn’s four homers tied him with Williams for the American League lead.
In 1982, Fred Lynn won the ALCS MVP batting .611 (11/18) with a home run and 5 RBI. He also won the 1983 All-Star game MVP.
Fred Lynn Today
Today, Fred spends much of his time doing charity events, and has a special affinity for animal charities like the FACE Foundation. He also works often with Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and makes various corporate appearances. When Fred isn’t relaxing with his wife Natalie, he loves to fish and play golf. Fred now resides in southern California.