HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
I wish you all a peaceful, relaxing day...
a “missing” 1972 “In-Action” card for a guy who was just starting a
great run through the mid-70’s, all-star Oakland A’s catcher/first
baseman Gene Tenace:
Though he didn’t put in a full season for the A’s in 1972, he was just
beginning to become one of the key players in Oakland’s three-peat team
that also included Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and Sal Bando.
Putting in time behind the plate as well as at first base, Tenace went
on to hit over 20 homers five times in his career along with six seasons
of drawing 100+ walks.
After the 1976 season Tenace, along with many of his star teammates was
shipped off by eccentric team owner Charlie Finley, and found himself as
a member of the San Diego Padres, where he would play for the next four
seasons before moving on to St. Louis for two years and lastly the
Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983, his last in the big leagues.
He would total 15-years in the Major Leagues, winning three
championships, an all-star berth in 1975, and hitting 201 home runs
while batting .241 along with a very nice .388 on-base-percentage
because of his walk totals.
Oh yeah, and he had an awesome full name: Fiore Gino Tennaci!