Frank Tanana Stats

Frank Tanana was born on Friday, July 3, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. Tanana was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1973, with the California Angels. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Frank Tanana baseball stats page.

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"My best pitch has always been control. I lost some velocity, but at the same time, thank God, I didn't lose my control. That's 90% of pitching, keeping the hitter off balance." - Frank Tanana in Baseball Digest (October 1982, Page 6)

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Frank Tanana Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#328 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991sco01' title='1991 Score Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Frank Tanana Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#328 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Frank Daryl Tanana
Nickname:
None
Born On:
07-03-1953  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Detroit, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi, MI)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
09-09-1973 (Age 20)
Last Game:
10-01-1993
Draft:
1971 : 1st Round (13th)

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Frank Tanana Pitching Stats

1973 20 Angels 4 4 0 2 2 .500 3.08 2 1 0 26.1 108 20 9 11 2 8 0 22 2 0 0 -
1974 21 Angels 39 35 2 14 19 .424 3.12 12 4 0 268.2 1,127 262 93 104 27 77 4 180 4 8 2 -
1975 22 Angels 34 33 1 16 9 .640 2.62 16 5 0 257.1 1,029 211 75 80 21 73 6 269 8 7 1 -
1976 23 Angels 34 34 0 19 10 .655 2.43 23 2 0 288.1 1,142 212 78 88 24 73 5 261 5 9 0 -
1977 24 Angels 31 31 0 15 9 .625 2.54 20 7 0 241.1 973 201 68 72 19 61 2 205 8 12 1 -
1978 25 Angels 33 33 0 18 12 .600 3.65 10 4 0 239.0 1,014 239 97 108 26 60 7 137 5 9 8 -
1979 26 Angels 18 17 0 7 5 .583 3.89 2 1 0 90.1 382 93 39 44 9 25 0 46 6 2 1 -
1980 27 Angels 32 31 1 11 12 .478 4.15 7 0 0 204.0 870 223 94 107 18 45 0 113 3 8 1 -
1981 28 Red Sox 24 23 0 4 10 .286 4.01 5 2 0 141.1 596 142 63 70 17 43 4 78 2 4 0 -
1982 29 Rangers 30 30 0 7 18 .280 4.21 7 0 0 194.1 832 199 91 102 16 55 10 87 0 7 1 -
1983 30 Rangers 29 22 1 7 9 .438 3.16 3 0 0 159.1 667 144 56 70 14 49 5 108 6 7 1 -
1984 31 Rangers 35 35 0 15 15 .500 3.25 9 1 0 246.1 1,054 234 89 117 30 81 3 141 12 6 4 -
1985 32 Rangers 13 13 0 2 7 .222 5.91 0 0 0 77.2 340 89 51 53 15 23 2 52 3 1 0 -
1985 32 Tigers 20 20 0 10 7 .588 3.34 4 0 0 137.1 567 131 51 59 13 34 6 107 2 2 1 -
1986 33 Tigers 32 31 1 12 9 .571 4.16 3 1 0 188.1 812 196 87 95 23 65 9 119 7 3 1 -
1987 34 Tigers 34 34 0 15 10 .600 3.91 5 3 0 218.2 924 216 95 106 27 56 5 146 6 5 0 -
1988 35 Tigers 32 32 0 14 11 .560 4.21 2 0 0 203.0 876 213 95 105 25 64 7 127 6 4 0 -
1989 36 Tigers 33 33 0 10 14 .417 3.58 6 1 0 223.2 955 227 89 105 21 74 8 147 8 8 0 -
1990 37 Tigers 34 29 4 9 8 .529 5.31 1 0 1 176.1 763 190 104 104 25 66 7 114 5 9 1 -
1991 38 Tigers 33 33 0 13 12 .520 3.77 3 2 0 217.1 920 217 91 98 26 78 9 107 3 2 1 -
1992 39 Tigers 32 31 0 13 11 .542 4.39 3 0 0 186.2 818 188 91 102 22 90 9 91 11 7 1 -
1993 40 Mets 29 29 0 7 15 .318 4.48 0 0 0 183.0 784 198 91 100 26 48 7 104 7 9 2 -
1993 40 Yankees 3 3 0 0 2 .000 3.20 0 0 0 19.2 88 18 7 10 2 7 1 12 0 0 0 -
21 Years 638 616 10 240 236 .504 3.66 143 34 1 4,188.1 17,641 4,063 1,704 1,910 448 1,255 116 2,773 119 129 27 -

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Frank Tanana Hitting Stats

1973 20 Angels 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 21 Angels 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 22 Angels 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 23 Angels 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 24 Angels 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 25 Angels 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 26 Angels 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 27 Angels 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 28 Red Sox 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 29 Rangers 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 30 Rangers 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1984 31 Rangers 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 32 Rangers 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 32 Tigers 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 33 Tigers 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 34 Tigers 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 35 Tigers 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1989 36 Tigers 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1990 37 Tigers 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 38 Tigers 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 39 Tigers 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 40 Mets 29 58 3 9 1 1 0 0 5 2 0 11 3 0 0 0 .155 .183 .207
1993 40 Yankees 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
21 Years 639 59 3 9 1 1 0 0 5 2 0 12 3 0 0 0 .153 .180 .203

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Frank Tanana Fielding Stats

1973 Angels P 4 4 79 5 1.3 5 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1974 Angels P 39 35 806 49 1.3 48 9 39 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.61
1975 Angels P 34 33 772 55 1.6 53 9 44 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.85
1976 Angels P 34 34 865 58 1.7 57 12 45 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 1.78
1977 Angels P 31 31 724 53 1.7 52 15 37 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.94
1978 Angels P 33 33 717 33 1.0 33 8 25 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.24
1979 Angels P 18 17 271 16 0.9 15 3 12 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.49
1980 Angels P 32 31 612 36 1.1 36 12 24 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1981 Red Sox P 24 23 424 35 1.5 34 9 25 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.17
1982 Rangers P 30 30 583 39 1.3 38 8 30 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.76
1983 Rangers P 29 22 478 48 1.7 46 9 37 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.60
1984 Rangers P 35 35 739 53 1.5 53 18 35 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.94
1985 Rangers P 13 13 233 17 1.3 16 5 11 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.85
1985 Tigers P 20 20 412 29 1.5 29 9 20 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.90
1986 Tigers P 32 31 565 47 1.5 45 19 26 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.15
1987 Tigers P 34 34 656 49 1.4 49 14 35 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.02
1988 Tigers P 32 32 609 43 1.3 42 11 31 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.86
1989 Tigers P 33 33 671 57 1.7 57 16 41 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.29
1990 Tigers P 34 29 529 36 1.1 36 9 27 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.84
1991 Tigers P 33 33 652 49 1.5 48 12 36 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.99
1992 Tigers P 32 31 560 40 1.3 38 8 30 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.83
1993 Mets P 29 29 549 34 1.2 33 11 22 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.62
1993 Yankees P 3 3 59 2 0.7 1 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 0.46
P Totals 638 616 12,565 883 1.4 864 226 638 19 40 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.86
21 Years 638 616 12,565 883 1.4 864 226 638 19 40 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.86

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Frank Tanana Miscellaneous Stats

1973 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.75 7.52 2.73
1974 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.34 6.03 2.58
1975 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.68 9.41 2.55
1976 Angels 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.58 8.15 2.28
1977 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.36 7.65 2.27
1978 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.28 5.16 2.26
1979 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.84 4.58 2.49
1980 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.51 4.99 1.99
1981 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.81 4.97 2.74
1982 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.58 4.03 2.55
1983 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.20 6.10 2.77
1984 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.74 5.15 2.96
1985 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.26 6.03 2.67
1985 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.15 7.01 2.23
1986 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.83 5.69 3.11
1987 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.61 6.01 2.30
1988 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.98 5.63 2.84
1989 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.99 5.92 2.98
1990 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.73 5.82 3.37
1991 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.37 4.43 3.23
1992 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.01 4.39 4.34
1993 Mets 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 11.6 2.17 5.11 2.36
1993 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.71 5.49 3.20
21 Years 0 1 .000 0 1 0 0.0 4.9 11.8 2.21 5.96 2.70

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Frank Tanana Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1973 California Angels 40 $15,000.00 - -
1974 California Angels 40 $16,500.00 - -
1975 California Angels 40 $26,000.00 - -
1976 California Angels 40 $67,500.00 Stats -
1977 California Angels 40 $225,000.00 Stats -
1978 California Angels 40 $320,000.00 Stats -
1979 California Angels 40 $370,000.00 - -
1980 California Angels 40 $370,000.00 - -
1981 Boston Red Sox 40 $395,000.00 - -
1982 Texas Rangers 28 $412,500.00 - -
1983 Texas Rangers 28 $412,500.00 - -
1984 Texas Rangers 28 $450,000.00 - -
1985 Texas Rangers 28 $590,000.00 - -
1985 Detroit Tigers 26 "     " - -
1986 Detroit Tigers 26 $662,500.00 - -
1987 Detroit Tigers 26 $662,500.00 - -
1988 Detroit Tigers 26 $1,100,000.00 - -
1989 Detroit Tigers 26 $925,000.00 - -
1990 Detroit Tigers 26 $1,100,000.00 - -
1991 Detroit Tigers 26 $1,900,000.00 - -
1992 Detroit Tigers 26 $1,700,000.00 - -
1993 New York Mets 29 $1,500,000.00 - -
1993 New York Yankees 31 "     " - -
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Did you know that Frank Tanana was the starting pitcher in the first regular season game ever played in both the Kingdome ( April 6, 1977 ) and "new" Comiskey Park ( April 18, 1991 ). Did you know that during both historic games, "TAN-talizing Tanana" (description used by Ernie Harwell) threw complete-games shutouts?

Did you know that when Frank Tanana struck out 180 batters in 1974, he set a new Angels franchise single season record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher, once held by Rudy May , who had 169 Ks in 1972? One year after Tanana set the record, he obliterated it, mowing down an American League leading 269 hitters, a team-specific record that remains intact through today!

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Frank Tanana Patch | Philadelphia Emblem Company, 1978
Hank Aaron was the career leader for home runs (1974-2006) until Barry Bonds passed him in 2007. On June 14, 1976 , Tanana gave up a home run to Aaron and on July 17, 1993 , Tanana gave up a home run to Bonds , one of only two pitchers ( Rick Reuschel ) in this unique pairing of home runs allowed.

George Bamberger said Frank Tanana, "has excellent control, a great curve and a great changeup. In over 30 years of watching pitchers, he's the best I've seen at pitching inside, especially the way he runs the ball in on righties. If he didn't have arm problems, he might be the best pitcher in baseball, bar none." That quote was made by the former player turned manager in SPORT Magazine in May 1979, Tanana had already recorded four complete game two-hitters, four complete game three-hitters, and twenty-four shutouts.

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