Friday, May 25, 2012
#55 - Frank Tanana
What a card: This is Frank Tanana's last card as a Texas Ranger. He was traded to the Tigers in June of 1985.
My observation on the front: This is also the last card of Frank Tanana featuring him with a mustache. Tanana would always go back and forth with the mustache in his cards. Without a mustache. With a mustache. Without a mustache. With a mustache. Finally, after '85, he scrapped it altogether.
More opinion from me: Red Rangers jerseys? Did they wear those often?
Something you might know: Tanana famously remade himself into a control/off-speed pitcher after beginning his career throwing smoke. One of the best moments of his renovation was throwing a 1-0 shutout on the last day of the 1987 season to clinch a playoff spot for the Tigers.
Something you might not know: Tanana changed his devil-may-care lifestyle after teammate Lyman Bostock was shot to death in 1978.
My observation on the back: Tanana's father was also named Frank Tanana. At least I think that's what Topps is saying when it writes "His father." "Tanana's father" would have been more clear.
The blog wants to speak now: The Music, Pop Culture and News tabs are updated. Not a lot new there. I'm too tired.