Stuff I Like: 1974 Topps Fran Healy

I like this card for a bunch of reasons:

1974 Fran Healy

It’s a horizontal 1974 card.

It’s a cool action shot.

Thurman Munson is the player sliding home while Healy waits for the throw.

Fran Healy would back up Thurman Munson in 1976 and 1977, and for one game in 1978.

Other Fran Healy tidbits:

After retiring in 1978, he would be a Yankees broadcaster through 1981.

His middle name is Xavier.

He was the 28th player taken by the Royals in the 1968 Expansion Draft.

His uncle, Francis Healy, who was also a catcher and also born in Holyoke, MA, played with the NY Giants and Cardinals.  Both Francis and Fran were on World Championship teams (1934 “Gas House Gang” Cardinals, 1977 Yankees) but neither made an appearance in the World Series.

There’s yet another Fran Healy who is the lead singer and songwriter for the Scottish band Travis.

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