Former Giants special assistant and legendary Serra High-San Mateo athlete Jim Fregosi has been taken off life support in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke.

Fregosi, 71, was on a cruise with other former major-league players when he suffered a series of strokes last weekend, according to mlb.com. He was hospitalized last weekend in the Cayman Islands, then flown to Miami on Wednesday, the web site said.

Fregosi, a six-time All-Star at shortstop for the Angels who also managed in the big leagues for 15 seasons, spent 1997-98 as a special assistant to Giants general manager Brian Sabean before he left to manage Toronto in 1999.

At Serra, Fregosi earned 11 varsity letters as a running back in football, guard on the basketball team and a long jumper in track and field in addition to baseball.

He played 18 seasons in the major leagues after signing with Boston before the 1960 season. In December of that year, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft, and that's where he achieved his greatest success. After the 1971 season, the Angels traded Fregosi to the New York Mets for four players, including Nolan Ryan. He also played for Texas and Pittsburgh.

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The baseball season begins Friday. Stanford hosts Rice at Sunken Diamond at 4:30 p.m. Cal plays Texas at Evans Diamond at 7 p.m. San Jose State faces San Diego State at Municipal Stadium at 6 p.m. Nevada plays Santa Clara at Stephen Schott Stadium at 6 p.m. Saint Mary's opens at New Mexico State at 5 p.m., and USF plays at UC Riverside at 6 p.m.

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