Marker Honoring Freddie Fitzsimmons Unveiled


The City of Mishawaka has unveiled its first historic marker at 524 W Grove Street, which has been identified as the family home of baseball pitcher Freddie Fitzsimmons. The official unveiling took place Thursday morning, June, 29, 2017 at 10 am.

Fitzsimmons, or “Fat Freddie” as he was known, played, managed, and coached with several major league baseball teams from the 1920’s into the 1960’s. He was a World Series champion with the New York Giants both as a player (1933) and a coach (1954).

Historic Preservation Commission member Terry DeMaegd and Mayor Dave Wood thank all those involved in the installation of the first Mishawaka Historic Marker sign.

Members of the community, local media, and South Bend Cubs are among those gathered to listen to Pete DeKever speak on Freddie Fitzsimmons before the unveiling.

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Last month, the City of Mishawaka installed its first historic marker at 524 W Grove Street, which has been identified as the family home of baseball pitcher Freddie Fitzsimmons. The community and news media is invited to the official unveiling Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 10 am. Mayor Dave Wood, members of the City Council and Historic Preservation Commission will be in attendance along with the property owner Rafael Munoz and local historian Pete DeKever, who provided the background information on Freddie Fitzsimmons.

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Freddie Fitzsimmons and his family moved into 524 W Grove in 1921. “Fat Freddie”, as he was known, played, managed, and coached with several major league baseball teams from the 1920’s into the 1960’s. He was a World Series champion with the New York Giants both as a player (1933) and a coach (1954).

The Mishawaka Historical Marker Program was recently developed by the Historic Preservation Commission to identify areas of historical significance that may not qualify as a Landmark. More information can be found on the city's website at http://mishawaka.in.gov/historicpreservation.