1976 SSPC #184 – Fran Healy (Royals)

It’s been close to two months since I’ve done an SSPC card… Funny how quickly and easily one gets thrown off track.
1976 SSPC #184 Fran Healy
Fran Healy… Played 9 years in the majors, but only twice did he play more than 60 games. He played 6 games with the 1969 Royals, two years with the Giants, 3+ seasons in a second stint with the Royals and then technically 3 seasons with the Yankees, although he played in just one game in 1978, his final season. With the Royals he caught two Steve Busby no-hitters. With the Yankees he backed up Thurman Munson and would become part of the broadcast team after he retired.

In 1976, Fran Healy… played 8 games with the Royals before being traded to the Yankees for Larry Gura on May 16th. Over the 54 games he played that year, he batted .243 with 10 RBI while catching 29 games and DHing for the rest. Yep, that was a different time when a .243 hitter got used as a DH in 25 games.

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

There’s very little to work with in the background… It looks like it could be a Shea dugout, but I’ll go with “can’t tell”.
Shea: 48
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 11
Not Shea: 6

1970’s Census
We’re going to keep track of all the instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses…

Fran logs in with 1970’s sideburns… this brings the totals to:
Total Cards: 73
1970’s Sideburns: 36
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 22
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 16

1976 SSPC #184 Fran Healy back

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.