Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1977 frank tanana

o-pee-chee cropped out the grass and tilted the facsimile autograph when they created frank tanana's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
it's weird that the back mentions the 10-strikeout game tanana had against the rangers when he had a few 12-strikeout games in 1976 and actually finished his season with a 14-k, 11-inning complete game shutout of the a's.  any of those games would seem more worthy of a mention than the 10-k game.

anyway, tanana went 15-9 in 1977 and led the league with a 2.54 era.  he was named to the all-star team, but didn't pitch in the game.  he also finished with five double digit strikeout performances, the best of which may have been a 3-hit, 11-k shutout against the tigers in may.

voici à vous, 1977 frank tanana!

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