A three-time all star, Tanana won 240 games over 21 years pitching in the big leagues. He came up with the California Angels in 1973 as a flame-throwing 19-year old and almost immediately earned a spot in the Halos’ rotation. He made 35 starts in 1974, winning 14 games and striking out 180 hitters. He led the American League in K’s in 1975 with 269 while going 16-9 with a 2.62 ERA. He finished fourth in the Cy Young vote that season. Tanana was an all star the next three years. He was third in the Cy Young vote in 1976 and ninth in 1977. California dealt Tanana to the Boston Red Sox in 1981. From there he moved to the Texas Rangers and eventually to the Detroit Tigers where he spent eight years of his career. Tanana posted double-digit wins for the Tigers in seven of his eight seasons there, winning 15 in 1987 and 14 more in 1988. He concluded his career in 1993, splitting time between the New York Mets and Yankees.
Tanana twice pitched in the ALCS. Once for the Angels in 1979 and again for the Tigers in 1987. He took the loss for Detroit and had a no-decision for California.
On October 4, 1987 he threw a six-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays to win the American League East for the Tigers.
Tanana is a member of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Frank Tanana – career stats