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Gene Tenace

July 02, 2007
July 02, 2007

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July 2, 2007

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Gene Tenace

On the star-laden '72 A's, 26-year-old catcher Gene Tenace was an unlikely World Series hero. A .225 hitter, he wasn't even a starter until July. But his fortunes changed in Game 1 at Riverfront Stadium, two hours west of his Lucasville, Ohio, hometown: He became the first player to homer in his first two at bats in the Fall Classic. Tenace, now 60 and a roving hitting instructor with the Cardinals, played 11 more big league seasons, but no memory is as special as his breakout in front of friends and family. "When I was a teenager, Pete Rose gave my team a clinic at the Reds' ballpark," he says. "Not so long after I'm winning the World Series MVP award at the Reds' ballpark--against Pete Rose. That was the biggest thing."

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PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY Herb ScharfmanTenace,Anyone?
A force behind the plate and with the bat against the Reds, the unheralded A'scatcher (tagging out Dave Concepcion in Game 5) earned Series MVPhonors.
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