Sunday, September 2, 2012

1977 frank duffy

frank duffy got his facsimile autograph flattened out and his photo slightly adjusted (compare the waistbands) on his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
that's a nice, colorful card.

now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
duffy is one of the two guys that the giants got from the reds in return for george foster.  he was then flipped to the indians with gaylord perry for sam mcdowell.  mcdowell was 11-10 for san francisco over a season and a half before they let him go to the yankees.  meanwhile, foster became one of the national league's best hitters and perry won the cy young award his first year in cleveland.  poor giants.

this post is about frank duffy, however, and he also enjoyed some success after leaving the city by the bay.  for six straight seasons, duffy was the indians regular shortstop, with 1977 being the last of those years. he never won a gold glove, but he lead american league shortstops in fielding percentage in 1973 and 1976, and was in the top three in 1972, 1974, and 1975.  a .233 hitter with the tribe during his six seasons in cleveland, duffy hit only .201 in 1977 and was traded to the red sox the following spring.

voici à vous, 1977 frank duffy!

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