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frank tepedino, 1974 topps #526, braves

Player: Tepedino, Frank

Card: 1974 Topps #526

Position: 1B/RF

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Frank Ronald Tepedino (born November 23, 1947) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He played for the New York Yankees (1967–1972) and the Atlanta Braves (1973–1975) during his career. Frank was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Frank made his major league debut on May 12, 1967 with the Yankees in a game against Orioles at Yankee Stadium, with 22,300 in attendance. He pinch hit for Whitey Ford in the bottom of the third inning of a blowout, and popped out to shortstop. On June 7, 1973 Frank was traded from the Yankees with Wayne Nordhagen and players to be named later, to the Atlanta Braves for Pat Dobson.

After retiring from baseball, Frank served as a firefighter for the New York City Fire Patrol. During the September 11 attacks, Tepedino's son called him and asked if he had heard a plane hit the World Trade Center. He had no knowledge of the event. He realized it was a terrorist attack when the second plane hit the World Trade Center a short time later. Tepedino drove to the World Trade Center with three others, and when they got there, it had already collapsed.

During an assembly at Rocky Point High School six years afterward, Frank said, "I lost 343 friends on September 11, 2001," referring to his colleagues on the New York City Fire Department who died during the terrorists' attacks. "I didn't know them all personally, but they were all my friends." On October 11, 2001, one month after the attacks, he threw out the first pitch at the second game of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium.

His uncles Frank A. Tepedino and John Tepedino were minor league infielders.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen and Wikipedia)


1971 Topps #342
1975 Topps #9


Frank is the last stop on the New York City Born Player Tour – Go Home

Frank is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

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See Frank’s baseball cards at TCDB

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