Saturday, October 10, 2009

1976 Topps #232 - Frank Duffy

  • Frank Duffy was an infielder for several teams from 1970-1979. He had his most successful seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Duffy was a first round (6th overall) pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1967 draft. He played in the minors from 1968-1970 and then was called up to the Reds in September 1970. Frank played in six games and batted .182.
  • In 1971 Frank started the season with the Reds. He didn't get much playing time (.188 in 16 at bats) and was traded with Vern Geishert to the San Francisco Giants for George Foster. Ouch. Duffy didn't get much more playing time for the NL West-winning Giants -- he batted .179 in 28 at bats. After the season he was traded with Gaylord Perry to the Cleveland Indians for Sam McDowell (ouch again).
  • The Indians made Duffy their starting shortstop in 1972. He would start for Cleveland for the next six years. His seasons are virtually interchangeable -- he batted in the mid-.200s without much power. His batting average tailed off in his last two season with Cleveland. He batted .212 in 1976 and .201 in 1977. After the 1977 season Frank was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Rick Kreuger.
  • Duffy was a backup infielder for the Red Sox in 1978. He played in 64 games and batted .260 in 104 at bats. In 1979 he was 0 for 3 when he was released on May 22.

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