Skip to comments.Gus Triandos, beloved ex-Orioles catcher, dies at 82
Posted on 03/29/2013 1:29:06 PM PDT by EveningStar
Gus Triandos, a brawny slugger who won the hearts of Orioles fans starved for someone to cheer for in the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in San Jose, Calif. He was 82.
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I remember Gus.
I loved Gus Triandos and all his fellow Orioles of that era. I used to listen to all their night games on the radio by my bed and rooted for them hard and unsuccessfully until 1966 when they embarrassed the Dodgers. Chuck Thompson on WBAL. Sponsored by EssKay Quality Meats, Gino’s Pizza, Phillies cigars and probably others I have forgotten.
Even though I have never lived in or near Baltimore and really have no particular use for the place, I was an Oriole fan for many years. I remember the night Jim Gentile hit grand slams in two consecutive innings. Has that been done since?
Wasn’t it ol’ Gus who pioneered the huge catcher’s mitt to catch Hoyt Wilhelm’s amazing knuckler?
Yes. He was the first to use it. It was designed by Orioles manager Paul Richards.
I believe they were the first pitcher/catcher combination to achieve perfect games in both leagues (although not as batterymates).
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