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Gus Triandos
Catcher, First Baseman
Born: July 30, 1930 (1930-07-30) (age 79)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 3, 1953 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
August 15, 1965 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
AVG     .244
HR     167
RBIs     608
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Gus Triandos (born July 30, 1930, in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball player who played 13 years from 1953 to 1965. He played for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers of the American League and the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros of the National League.[1] Triandos was primarily a catcher, although he played a substantial amount of games at first base as well. He batted and threw right-handed.

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Playing career

Triandos was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1948.[2] He joined the Yankees Major League roster briefly in 1953, but was sent back to the minor leagues in 1954. Triandos was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1955 where he played mostly as a first baseman for his first two years with the team, before becoming the Orioles' regular catcher in 1957. As the Orioles catcher, he used an outsized catcher's mitt designed by manager Paul Richards to handle the dancing knuckleball of Hoyt Wilhelm.[3] Triandos was the Orioles' catcher when Wilhelm threw a no hitter against the New York Yankees on September 20, 1958, and also scored the only run of the game, when he hit hit a home run in the eighth inning.[4]

Although perhaps the slowest runner in the league, Triandos once hit an inside-the-park home run.[5] Along those same lines, as of 2007, he also holds the record for the most consecutive games without being caught stealing, 1,206. That accounts for his entire career, in which he had exactly one stolen base.[6] His lone stolen base came on September 28, 1958, the last game of the season, at Yankee Stadium, off rookie pitcher Zach Monroe and third-string catcher Darrell Johnson, with the Yankees saving their regular batteries for the upcoming 1958 World Series.[7]

Triandos had his best year in 1958, when he led all American League catchers in putouts with 660, and tied Yogi Berra's American League record of 30 home runs by a catcher.[3] In 1962, he hit only .169 in 63 games and was traded to the Detroit Tigers at the end of the year. With the Tigers in 1963, he shared catching duties with Bill Freehan and led American League catchers with a .996 fielding percentage.[3][8] The following winter, he was traded along with Jim Bunning to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he again shared catching duties, this time with Clay Dalrymple. As the Phillies' catcher, Triandos caught Bunning's perfect game against the New York Mets on June 21, 1964, thus becoming the first catcher in Major League history to catch no hitters in both the American and National Leagues.[3] Over his career, Triandos threw out .4662% of the base runners who tried steal a base on him, ranking him 6th on the all-time list.[9]

Awards and honors

Triandos was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Star team for three consecutive years, in 1957, 1958 and 1959. A resident of Timonium, Maryland, during his playing days with the Orioles, Triandos Drive in Timonium is named in honor of the popular catcher.[10]

Personal life

Triandos' family origins are from Koroni, Messenia, Greece.[11] He is one of four children of Peter Triandos and Helen Mourgos, Greek immigrants to the U.S.

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