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laCorte, frank LaCorte, 1983 Topps #14, Astros

Player: LaCorte, Frank

Card: 1983 Topps #14

Position: RHP

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Frank Joseph LaCorte (born October 13, 1951 in San Jose, CA) is a former professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1975–1984 for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and California Angels.

LaCorte was signed by the Braves as an undrafted free agent in 1972. He broke into the Majors late in his third professional season, and would play all or part of ten years in the MLB. Initially a starting pitcher, LaCorte hurled for the perennially struggling late-1970s Braves for the first 44 games pitched of his MLB career.

On May 25, 1979, he was traded to Houston (for pitcher Bo McLaughlin) and eventually established himself with the Astros as a relief pitcher. LaCorte was a member of the 1980 National League West Division champion Astros. Along with Joe Sambito and Dave Smith, he was an integral part of the club's successful bullpen. His statistics from the 1980 season were his career best in wins (8), ERA (2.82), games pitched (55), games finished (44), and saves (11).

He appeared in two games in relief in the 1980 National League Championship Series, and was the winner in Game 2's 7–4 Houston win. However, in the deciding fifth game, LaCorte gave up doubles to Del Unser and Garry Maddox in the tenth inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies broke a 7–7 deadlock to win their first National League title in 30 years.

During a May 26, 1982, game against the Montreal Expos, LaCorte walked a batter with the bases loaded. He was so angry that he burned his uniform when he returned to the clubhouse.

Frank retired from professional baseball after the 1984 season, moved back to Gilroy, California where he was raised, and purchased a tow truck business named Marx Towing.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen and Wikipedia)


1982 Topps #248
1984 Topps #301


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All Frank’s baseball cards can be seen at TCDB

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