Friday, August 24, 2012

1970 Topps Vida Blue/Gene Tenace Rookie


Did you know.....

...that Vida Blue was an All-State quarterback in Louisiana during his high school days and was recruited by several colleges including my school, the University of Houston? Supposedly he was close to a commit to UH but the death of his father caused him to reconsider and he signed a pro baseball contract to provide an income for his family.


...that Gene Tenace's actual name is Fiore Gino Tennaci? He went by the American-ized translation of 'Fury Gene Tenace', later becoming Gene Tenace in the pro ranks.