Frank Tanana

Frank Daryl Tanana (born July 3, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He was the California Angels' first-round draft pick in 1971. From 1973 to 1993, he pitched for six teams: the Angels, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, and New York Yankees.

In his prime, Tanana was known for a 100+ MPH fastball, which he abruptly lost when he injured his arm. However, he was able to develop an assortment of off-speed pitches (including an excellent curveball) and continue his career. Throughout his career, he accumulated 34 shutouts, 4,000 innings pitched, and nearly 2,800 strikeouts. He is one of only 23 major league pitchers to have struck out at least 2,700 batters in his career.

Frank Tanana
Frank Tanana 1992
Tanana warms up at Arlington Stadium, 1992
Born: July 3, 1953 (age 66)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 9, 1973, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1993, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record240–236
Earned run average3.66
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Tanana attended Detroit Catholic Central High School and California State University, Fullerton before embarking on his baseball career. Tanana's father, also named Frank, had played professional baseball in the 1950s and was on the 1955 Eastern League championship team, the Reading Indians, before he left baseball and joined the Detroit Police Department.[1]

Major league career

California Angels

Along with Nolan Ryan, Tanana anchored the pitching staff of the California Angels from 1973 to 1979. This led to the saying, "Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin'", an indication of just how much the two meant to the rotation. (This was a variation on "Spahn and Sain, then pray for rain," referring to the pitchers of the Boston Braves of the late 1940s.)[2] On June 21, 1975, Tanana struck out 17 batters in one game. The Angels' offense did not always measure up to its top twosome; in 1976, Tanana and New York's Catfish Hunter each pitched 13 scoreless innings in a game where both men received a no-decision. Tanana had had another 13-inning shutout no-decision in 1975 against the White Sox, and he is the only pitcher with two such outings.

Tanana appeared in three consecutive All-Star Games from 1976 to 1978 and led the league in strikeouts in 1975 as well as in earned run average (ERA) and shutouts in 1977. Tanana missed two months of the 1979 season with a shoulder injury but was able to pitch in September and during the post-season.

Boston Red Sox

On January 23, 1981, the Angels traded him to the Boston Red Sox along with Jim Dorsey and Joe Rudi for Steve Renko and Fred Lynn (who the Red Sox worried they would lose to free agency because of paperwork errors). Tanana pitched for the Red Sox for a single season, earning only 4 victories against 10 losses before being granted free agency on November 13, 1981.

Texas Rangers

Tanana signed as a free agent with Texas Rangers on January 6, 1982. In 1984, he was named the Rangers' pitcher of the year as he went 15–15 with a 3.25 earned run average (ERA). He was traded by the Rangers to the Detroit Tigers for minor-league pitcher Duane James on June 20, 1985.

Detroit Tigers

Tanana signed free agent contracts with the team in 1988 and 1989 to stay with the team until 1992. On the final day of the 1987 season, Tanana pitched a 1–0 complete-game shutout over the second-place Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title for the Tigers. He was referred to as "the great tantalizer" because of his wide array of slow off-speed pitches. He mixed his repertoire of off-speed pitches very effectively, frustrating opposing batters and making an 88 mph fastball surprising and effective when slipped in after a steady diet of breaking balls. It was during this time that ESPN's Baseball Tonight would refer to him as "the guy who threw 90 in the 70s and 70 in the 90s."

New York Mets and New York Yankees

Tanana signed as a free agent with the Mets for the 1993 season, winning 7 games for the last-place team before being traded to the New York Yankees for Kenny Greer in an attempt to capture the pennant with the September 17, 1993 trade. He lost two of his three starts for the Yankees, and they did not reach the post-season.[3] In 1993, Tanana became one of only two pitchers in MLB history to give up a home run to both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.[4]

Life outside baseball

Tanana converted to Protestantism midway through his career and became a leader in the Christian community within professional baseball.

Tanana has been married to Cathy Mull since 1978. They have four children and four sons-in-law and now reside in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Both serve on the Pro Athletes Outreach Board of Directors, and they are involved in the Home Plate and Career Impact ministries. In 1996, Tanana was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame,[5] and in 2006, Tanana was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1999, Tanana appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time but received no votes and thus, he was removed from future Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) consideration for election.[6] Tanana is one of five Hall of Fame-eligible pitchers who rank in the top 25 all-time in career strikeouts and who have not been elected to the Hall. Tanana's 2,773 strikeouts rank him at number 23 all-time. Also not in the Hall of Fame are Curt Schilling (#15 with 3,116 strikeouts), Mickey Lolich (#19 with 2,832), David Cone (#24 with 2,668), and Chuck Finley (#25 with 2,610).[7]

See also


  1. ^ Lukas, Paul (June 16, 1971). "Tanana and the Indians". Reading Eagle. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Enberg, Dick (2011). Oh My!. Skyhorse. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-61321-005-5.
  3. ^ [1]
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-10-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "1999 Hall of Fame Voting".
  7. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Strikeouts".

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1974 California Angels season

The 1974 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

1975 California Angels season

The 1975 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 89 losses.

California hit 55 home runs for the entire season. This caused Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee to say about the team- "could take batting practice in a hotel lobby without damaging a chandelier."

1976 California Angels season

The 1976 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1977 California Angels season

The 1977 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fifth in the American League West with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1979 California Angels season

The 1979 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing first in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. They went on to lose to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 American League Championship Series, three games to one.

1985 Detroit Tigers season

The 1985 Detroit Tigers finished in third place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 84-77 (.522), 15 games behind the Blue Jays. The Tigers outscored their opponents 729 to 688. The Tigers drew 2,286,609 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1983, ranking 3rd of the 14 teams in the American League.

1985 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1985 season involved the Rangers finishing 7th in the American League west with a record of 62 wins and 99 losses.

1987 Detroit Tigers season

The 1987 Detroit Tigers season saw the Tigers make a startling late-season comeback to win the American League Eastern Division on the season's final day. The Tigers finished with a Major League-best record of 98-64, two games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. Detroit lost the American League Championship Series to the Minnesota Twins in 5 games.

This would be the last time the Tigers made the postseason until 2006.

1992 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1992 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the American League East.

Art Kusnyer

Arthur William Kusnyer (born December 19, 1945) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 37th round of the 1966 amateur draft. He played for the White Sox (1970), California Angels (1971–1973), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), and Kansas City Royals (1978).

He was somewhat error-prone behind the plate during sporadic playing time at the major league level, committing 20 errors in just 136 games for a .970 fielding percentage. He also had trouble at the plate, with a lifetime batting average of just .176 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs in 313 career at bats.

Career highlights include:

one 3-hit game...three singles vs. the Texas Rangers (April 21, 1972)

one 5-RBI game...a two-run triple and a three-run double vs. the Texas Rangers (June 29, 1972)

catching Nolan Ryan's second career No-hitter (July 15, 1973)

one 3-RBI game...a three-run double vs. the Boston Red Sox (July 3, 1976)

a home run against All-Star Frank Tanana of the California Angels (June 26, 1978)After his playing career, he eventually found his way back to the White Sox as the bullpen coach, where he served for 19 years (1980–87 and 1997 to 2007). In between, from 1988–95, he held the same position with the Oakland Athletics. He was a longtime member of Tony La Russa's coaching staffs in both cities. In 2008-2009, he was listed as a roving minor league instructor by the White Sox.

Dave Frost

Carl David Frost (born November 17, 1952) is an American former professional baseball player and a former Major League Baseball pitcher. The 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 235 lb (107 kg) right-hander was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round of the 1974 Major League Baseball draft. During a five-year Major League career, Frost played for the White Sox (1978), California Angels (1978–1981), and Kansas City Royals (1982).

Frost made his MLB debut on September 11, 1977 against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium. He turned in a quality start, pitching 6​1⁄3 innings and giving up just two earned runs. He struck out three, walked none, and received a no decision in the 5-4 White Sox loss. His first big league win came a week later in another great start against the Angels, this time at Comiskey Park. He went 7​2⁄3 innings, gave up three runs, and won 7–3.

He was traded to the Angels on December 5, 1977 in a six-player deal, and became a valuable addition to the Angel pitching staff. He split time between Salt Lake City (PCL) and the big leagues in 1978, and went 5–4 with a 2.58 earned run average in 11 games (ten starts) for the Angels. Next year would be even better.

Frost had his biggest year in 1979. He won 16, lost 10, and led Angel starters in ERA (3.57), winning percentage (.615), and innings pitched (239​1⁄3). California had an impressive group of starters that year, including Frost, Nolan Ryan, Don Aase, Jim Barr, Chris Knapp, and Frank Tanana. They ultimately won the American League West Division pennant that year with an 88–74 record.

Unfortunately, elbow problems severely limited Frost's effectiveness the remainder of his career. In the next three seasons (two with the Angels and one with the Kansas City Royals) he was a combined 11–22 with a 5.43 ERA.

Career totals for 99 games pitched include a 33-37 record, 84 games started, 16 complete games, 3 shutouts, 1 save, and 7 games finished. He allowed 251 earned runs in 550​2⁄3 innings pitched, giving him a lifetime ERA of 4.10.

Career highlights include:

A four-hit, no walk complete game shutout vs. the Oakland A's (July 3, 1979)

An eight-strikeout, no walk complete game win (10–1) vs. the Baltimore Orioles (July 7, 1979)

A ten-inning, four-hit complete game win (2–1) vs. the Minnesota Twins (April 16, 1980)

Held All-Stars Sal Bando, Buddy Bell, Mike Hargrove, Rickey Henderson, Roy Howell, Pat Kelly, Hal McRae, Willie Randolph, Jim Rice, and Roy Smalley to a .103 collective batting average (15-for-145)

Held Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Robin Yount to a .167 collective batting average (3-for-18)

Threw the opening pitch at a Los Angeles Angels game on Monday, June 27, 2011.

Home runs allowed

In baseball statistics, home runs allowed (HRA) signifies the total number of home runs a pitcher allowed.

The record for the most home runs allowed by any pitcher belongs to Jamie Moyer (522). The National League record for most home runs allowed belongs to Warren Spahn with 434 and the American League record is 422 held by Frank Tanana.

Kenny Greer

Kenneth William "Kenny" Greer is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets in 1993 and the San Francisco Giants in 1995. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the Yankees minor league affiliates from 1988 to 1993 before being traded to the Mets in exchange for Frank Tanana on September 17, 1993. 12 days later, Greer would make his debut on September 29 pitching an inning of relief in the process of earning his first and only win in his only appearance with the Mets. He would then sign with the San Francisco Giants on November 29, 1994 and would appear in 8 games with the team during the 1995 season, pitching 12 innings with 2 losses and a 5.25 ERA. After his stint with the Giants, Greer would play for the minor league affiliates for the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles before retiring in 1997.

List of Los Angeles Angels Opening Day starting pitchers

The Los Angeles Angels are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Anaheim, California. They play in the American League West division. The franchise has also gone by the names "Los Angeles Angels", "California Angels" and "Anaheim Angels" at various points in its history. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Angels have used 25 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 51 seasons. The 25 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 26 wins, 18 losses and 7 no decisions. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. It can also result if a starting pitcher does not pitch five full innings, even if his team retains the lead and wins.Jered Weaver has the most Opening Day starts for the Angels, with seven, and had 6 consecutive opening day starts from 2010-2015. He has a record of three wins and two losses, with one no decision in those starts that resulted in a win. Mike Witt has the second most starts, with five, with one win, three loses, and one no decision that resulted in a loss. Frank Tanana, Mark Langston and Chuck Finley have all made four Opening Day starts for the Angels. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, Bartolo Colón and Jered Weaver have each made three such starts for the Angels.Nolan Ryan has the Angels record for most wins in Opening Day starts with three. He also has the best win–loss record in Opening Day starts for the Angels, which is 3–0. The other Angels pitchers with multiple wins in Opening Day starts without a loss are Ken McBride and Andy Messersmith. Mike Witt has the record for most losses in Opening Day starts for the Angels with three. Frank Tanana and Chuck Finley each had two such losses.The Angels have played in three home ball parks. They played their first season in Wrigley Field, which was designed to look like Wrigley Field in Chicago, but never played an Opening Day home game there. In 1962, they moved to Dodger Stadium, but only stayed there through 1965. They played two Opening Day games at Dodger Stadium, winning once and losing once. The Angels finally moved to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 1966, which was first called Anaheim Stadium, then subsequently renamed Edison International Field of Anaheim later. They have played 29 Opening Day games there, and their starting pitchers have 15 wins and 12 losses with 2 no decisions. This makes their record at home in Opening Day games 15 wins and 13 losses with 2 no decisions. In Opening Day games on the road, their starting pitchers have a record of 10 wins and 5 losses with 5 no decisions.The Angels have played in one World Series championship in their history, which they won in 2002. Jarrod Washburn was the Angels Opening Day starting pitcher that season. The Angels lost that Opening Day game to the Cleveland Indians. The winning pitcher for the Indians in that game was Bartolo Colón, who would make three Opening Day starts for the Angels later in his career.

Los Angeles Angels award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Los Angeles Angels professional baseball team.

St. Andrew High School (Detroit)

St. Andrew High School was a coeducational Catholic high school located at Cecil and McGraw streets in Detroit, Michigan and belonged to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school was run by the Felician Sisters.

St. Andrew was a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and competed athletically in the Catholic High School League.St. Andrew High School closed in 1983.


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