Gene Tenace

Gene Tenace

C, LF, OF, 1B, 2B, 3B, RF, DH
October 10, 1946
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
5-29-1969 with OAK
Allstar Selections:
1972 BR, 1972 WsMVP


His amazing performance in the 1972 World Series for Charley Finley's Oakland A's made catcher Gene Tenace a national celebrity. A modest individual, Tenace never took to the attention, but he deserved it after being overlooked for most of his career. He was a decent, unspectacular receiver, but he excelled at the plate, where he showed tremendous patience and good power. He belted four homers in the '72 Series.

Best Season

Typically, he finished in the top ten in OBP and walks, but he also was fifth in the league in homers, with 29. Just as the Oakland dynasty was winding down, Tenace was coming into his own as an offensive force.

Factoid 1

Prior to Game Six of the 1972 World Series, Oakland batting hero Gene Tenace was the subject of a death threat. Before the game, a man was arrested outside the stadium with a gun.


Power, especially against right-handed pitching.


His throwing arm was pretty mediocre. In Game Six of the 1972 Series, the Reds swiped three bases.

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