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Gene Tenace

World Series Babe Ruth Award (BBWAA) 1972
World Series Sport Magazine Award 1972
World Series MVP 1972
All-Star Selection 1975

Full Name: Fury Gene Tenace
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
Born: Oct 10, 1946 in Russellton, Pennsylvania
College: None
Major League Debut: May 29, 1969

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MANAGERIAL
RECORD

CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
SD
SD
SD
SD
StL
StL
Pit
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
.158
.305
.274
.225
.259
.211
.255
.249
.233
.224
.263
.222
.233
.258
.177
16
38
65
82
160
158
158
128
147
142
151
133
58
66
53
38
105
179
227
510
484
498
417
437
401
463
316
129
124
62
1
19
26
22
83
71
83
64
66
60
61
46
26
18
7
6
32
49
51
132
102
127
104
102
90
122
70
30
32
11
0
6
7
5
18
17
17
19
24
18
16
11
7
9
5
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
1
4
4
4
1
0
0
0
1
7
7
5
24
26
29
22
15
16
20
17
5
7
0
2
20
25
32
84
73
87
66
61
61
67
50
22
18
6
1
23
29
24
101
110
106
81
125
101
105
92
38
36
12
15
30
34
42
94
105
127
91
119
98
106
63
26
31
17
.200
.430
.381
.307
.387
.367
.395
.373
.415
.392
.403
.399
.416
.436
.346
.237
.562
.430
.339
.443
.411
.464
.458
.410
.409
.445
.424
.403
.500
.258
Totals AVG
.241
G
1555
AB
4390
R
653
H
1060
2B
179
3B
20
HR
201
RBI
674
BB
984
K
998
OBP
.388
SLG
.429


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
SD
SD
SD
SD
StL
StL
Pit
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
1
0
2
3
10
12
12
4
13
11
7
4
4
4
4
0
2
3
4
13
10
8
7
5
5
7
11
1
1
0
9
59
77
77
226
199
231
191
179
164
206
134
52
62
16
0
2
0
2
8
6
2
2
10
8
4
11
2
1
0
0
0
1
2
8
2
3
1
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
4
4
5
4
2
6
4
2
1
0
0
0
2
0
2
2
7
5
5
6
2
4
0
1
0
0
2
1
0
2
9
4
4
3
5
6
4
0
1
1
-.---
.000
.667
-.---
.500
.182
.636
.556
.625
.545
.250
.500
-.---
.500
.000
38.0
15.0
25.6
45.4
21.3
18.6
17.2
19.0
29.1
25.1
23.2
18.6
25.8
17.7
--.-
2.5
3.5
5.3
5.4
5.4
4.6
3.9
4.6
3.7
4.1
4.4
5.0
5.0
4.0
3.6
Totals HBP
91
GDP
77
TB
1882
IBB
58
SH
21
SF
39
SB
36
CS
42
SB%
.462
AB/HR
21.8
AB/K
4.4



CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1969
1970
1971
1971
1972
1972
1972
1972
1972
1973
1973
1973
1974
1974
1974
1975
1975
1976
1976
1977
1977
1977
1978
1978
1978
1979
1979
1980
1980
1981
1981
1982
1982
1983
1983
1983
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
SD
StL
StL
StL
StL
Pit
Pit
Pit
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
C
C
OF
C
3B
2B
1B
OF
C
2B
C
1B
2B
C
1B
1B
C
C
1B
3B
1B
C
3B
C
1B
1B
C
1B
C
1B
C
1B
C
OF
C
1B
13
30
1
52
2
2
7
9
49
1
33
134
3
79
106
68
125
65
70
14
36
99
1
71
80
72
94
19
104
7
38
7
37
1
3
19
67
200
0
322
4
2
52
11
290
1
133
1169
1
341
861
423
614
293
611
44
308
596
0
321
710
621
465
136
471
43
147
42
171
0
18
89
61
180
0
300
1
2
49
11
266
0
123
1095
1
293
816
401
541
263
577
17
280
523
0
276
668
582
413
125
415
39
126
39
149
0
16
83
6
18
0
20
2
0
3
0
18
1
9
61
0
42
41
21
63
25
31
24
27
61
0
42
37
32
51
10
46
4
18
3
21
0
1
5
0
2
0
2
1
0
0
0
6
0
1
13
0
6
4
1
10
5
3
3
1
12
0
3
5
7
1
1
10
0
3
0
1
0
1
1
0
7
0
3
0
0
4
0
1
0
4
104
0
3
80
27
10
3
47
4
20
9
0
7
61
55
10
9
7
3
1
4
0
0
0
6
1.000
0.990
-.---
0.994
0.750
1.000
1.000
1.000
0.979
1.000
0.992
0.989
1.000
0.982
0.995
0.998
0.984
0.983
0.995
0.932
0.997
0.980
-.---
0.991
0.993
0.989
0.998
0.993
0.979
1.000
0.980
1.000
0.994
-.---
0.944
0.989
Totals G
1551
Ch
9577
PO
8731
A
743
E
103
DP
489
FPCT
0.989


POST SEASON BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG Playoff G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO SB
1971
1972
1972
1973
1973
1974
1974
1975
1982
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
StL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
ALCS
ALCS
WS
ALCS
WS
ALCS
WS
ALCS
WS
1
5
7
5
7
4
5
3
5
3
17
23
17
19
11
9
9
63
0
1
5
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
8
4
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
9
0
3
1
0
0
0
.000
.059
.348
.235
.158
.000
.222
.000
.000
1
3
2
2
11
4
3
3
1
1
5
4
4
7
4
4
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Totals ALCS
WS
18
24
57
57
5
5
5
13
1
2
0
0
0
4
2
12
.088
.228
13
17
16
17
1
0


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1971
1972
1972
1973
1973
1974
1975
1975
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
C
2B
C
C
1B
1B
1B
C
1
2
5
3
5
4
1
3
8
5
22
2
41
37
9
11
8
2
19
2
38
35
8
11
0
2
3
0
3
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
3
3
0
1.000
0.800
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
Totals G
24
Ch
135
PO
123
A
11
E
1
DP
9
FPCT
0.993


WORLD SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1972
1972
1973
1973
1974
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
Oak
1B
C
C
1B
1B
1
6
3
7
5
4
50
6
55
21
3
45
6
51
20
1
4
0
2
1
0
1
0
2
0
1
1
0
6
3
1.000
0.980
1.000
0.964
1.000
Totals G
22
Ch
136
PO
125
A
8
E
3
DP
11
FPCT
0.978


Gene Tenace was the very first player to have hit home runs in his very first two World Series at-bats (OAK-A on October 14, 1972). This achievement was duplicated in 1996 by Andruw Jones (ATL-N).

In the early 1970's the Oakland A's fielded a team of colorful figures noted for unusual green and gold uniforms, swashbuckling mustaches, and clubhouse brawling. Gene Tenace was invisible as a backup catcher; he came into full view in the World Series.

Tenace's only hit in the 1972 American League Championship Series was a single in the fifth game, but it drove in the run that paved the way for the A's to win the pennant. In the World Series Tenace came to bat in the second inning of Game 1 with two outs and a runner on first. Tenace blasted a pitch from Reds hurler Gary Nolan - a two run homer. Once more Tenace homered off Nolan in the fith inning, and the A's won 3-2 because Tenance drove in all of their runs and became the first player to homer in his first two Series at bats.

Tenace hit another home run in Game 4, singled to keep alive a ninth-inning rally, and scored the winning run. His three-run homer in Game 5 put the A's ahead to stay, and he drove in two of the A's three runs in their 3-2 Game 7 victory. All in all, he hit four homers, drove in nine runs, and batted .348. Appropriately, he won the Series Most Valuable Player Award.

That Series performance earned him the starting catcher job with the A's for the 1973 season. For the next four years he was a significant contributor in the offensive lineup, slugging 22 homers or more every year and walking more than 100 times three years in a row. In 1974 he established a dubious record of hitting only 58 singles, the fewest number by a player who participated in 150 games or more. That small number belied his 26 homers and league-leading 110 walks.

Like most of the key players of the three-time World Champion A's. Tenace flew the coop when free agency became legal. Tenace was signed by Ray Kroc in 1977 to play for the San Diego Padres for five years for $1.81 million. He became the fourth-richest player in then game at the time. Although Kroc knew he had signed a World Series hero, he apparently hadn't realized that this same player was only a lifetime .245 hitter. After Tenace hit .233 and .224 in his first two years in San Diego, Kroc was taking major heat for spending so much for so little.

Tenace wasn't hitting for average, but he was still getting walked a lot - 125 times to lead the National League again in 1977, followed by 101, 105, and 92 walks during the next three seasons in San Diego. It wasn't good enough for the Padres. Tenace was swapped to the Cardinals in December 1980 in the 11-man megatrade that included Rollie Fingers and Terry Kennedy.

He was touted as a possible managerial candidate during his later years. The Pirates all but announced he would succeed Chuck Tanner as their field boss when they obtained him in 1983. When the year ended though, Tanner was still the manager and Tenace had retired. He served as a coach for the Astros for two years before moving to the Blue Jays from 1990 through 1997. He got to manage in 1991, but only as a fill-in while Cito Gaston recovered from a back injury. (Click to see TENACE's MANAGERIAL RECORD.)