Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #21: "EL TIANTE" LUIS TIANT

Here's a nickname card for one of those characters of the day, Luis Tiant, aka "El Tiante".
Take a look at my card design:


I decided on a 1975 template for him since he was in the middle of a resurgence at the time, and was on his way to a World Series with the Red Sox.
With his career seemingly done in 1970/71, Tiant found himself in Boston and immediately was back in form, leading the American League in earned run average with a sterling 1.91 in 1972 along with six shutouts in only 19 starts.
In three of the next four seasons he'd top 20 wins, and was on his way to a solid, if not arguably Hall-worthy 19-year career, retiring after the 1982 season after pitching in six games with the California Angels.
By that time he fashioned a 229-172 record, with a 3.30 E.R.A., 49 shutouts and 2416 strikeouts, with two seasons of sub-2.00 E.R.A., four 20-win campaigns as well as three 200+ strikeout years.
As a kid in Brooklyn, New York in the late 70's I remember him with the Yankees, and always thought he looked like some cool granpa who was always cracking jokes. In other words, I loved him!
After getting 30.9% support in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988, he never got close again to those numbers, topping out at 18.0% in his final year of eligibility in 2002.
But it's easy to say that "El Tiante" definitely left his mark on the game during his time on the mound!

2 comments:

  1. Joe Posnanski has made a good case that the only reason Catfish Hunter made the Hall and Tiant (and Jim Kaat) didn't is that Hunter retired sooner, thereby avoiding comparisons with the excellent crop of pitchers that came onto the ballot around the same time. http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/the-golden-era-ballot/

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  2. Love this card. Tiant should definitely be in the HoF

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