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Gus Triandos

"I just wanted to end the game"
Triandos Quote after blasting a 425 ' home run to beat the Yankees 1-0 on Hoyt Wilhelms no-hitter
against the AL champion NY Yankees.

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Originally signed by the NY Yankees prior to the 1948 season, big Gus Triandos had the unenviable job of
trying to become a big league catcher on a team with Yogi Berra. This would eventually lead to his being
envolved in one of the biggest trades in ML history. On Novemeber 17, 1954, the Yankees sent Gus, along with
Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Willie Miranda, Hal Smith, Gene Woodling, Bill Miller, Kal Segrist, Don Leppert, and Theodore Del Guercio
to the Baltimore Orioles for Billy Hunter, Don Larson, Bob Turley, Darrell Johnson, Jim Fridley, Mike Blyzka, and Dick Kryhoski.
 Triandos blossemed in Baltimore. He made the All-Star team 3 out of his 8 years and in 1958,
tied Yogi Berra for the most home runs hit by a catcher in a season with 30 round trippers.
Big and slow affot, Triandos was proud of his inside-the-park home run he had against the Boston Red Sox.
As the ball ricosheted off the fence, Ted Williams eventually chased it down as Gus chugged around the bases and scored standing up.

1955 Bowman baseball card of Gus Triandos

Posessing one of the better throwing arms among catchers, Gus had a career 45% caught stealing rate.

1965 Topps baseball card of Gus Triandos

Besides catching Hoyt Wilhelms no-hitter against the Yankees in 1958, he also caught Jim Bunnings no-hitter when they
were both on the Phillidelphia Phillies in 1964.

Triandos was elected to the Baltimore Orioles Hall-of-Fame in 1981.


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