Friday, December 10, 2010
1974 Topps Frank Tepedino
Who is this? Former Atlanta Braves first baseman Frank Tepedino
What is this? An autographed card from the 1974 Topps set
Where'd I get it? Nick from Baseball Happenings got it signed for me last month.
Why is this so special? Frank Tepedino made his major league debut with the New York Yankees on May 12, 1967 at the age of 19. He pinch-hit for future Hall-of-Famer Whitey Ford. He spent parts of 8 seasons in the majors, with the Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.
Tepedino never had more than 169 major league at-bats in a season, and retired with a lifetime .241 batting average, 6 home runs and 58 RBI. He later became a New York City firefighter.
Tepedino has another unusual autograph.