Catchers mitts shrunk in size — unless you had to catch nasty knuckleballs all day. The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service). But I`ll say this: The darn thing worked. [7] As of 2007, he also holds the record for the most consecutive games without being caught stealing, 1,206. He and wife Evelyn had three children, son Gary Triandos and daughters Lori Luna and Tracey Hook. Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. Or write about sports? [19] He was one of four children of Peter Triandos and Helen Mourgos, Greek immigrants to the U.S. Gus Triandos was a solid catcher during the 1950s and 1960s. Gus Triandos (July 30, 1930 – March 28, 2013) was a Greek American professional baseball player and scout.    vs. NYM 3 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, Rookie Status: In 1981, he was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. [16], Triandos was elected to the American League All-Star team for three consecutive years, in 1957, 1958 and 1959. ''He asked us to make a glove that would be as large as any catcher could handle,'' said Gordon Hollywood of Wilson. Many thanks to him. Such a man is Gus Triandos. Actually, the knuckleball is a misnomer. [21], Last edited on 27 September 2020, at 21:31, "Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame at MLB.com", "Gus Triandos Looks Back on his Catching Career", September 20, 1958 Yankees-Orioles box score, "Baltimore Orioles All-Time Hitting Leaders", "Luis Aparicio Shoots For Seventh Straight Base-Stealing Honors", Klingaman, Mike. [20], Triandos served as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973 to 1975. Career: 167 HR, .244 BA, 608 RBI, C/1B, 4xAllStar, Orioles/Tigers/... 1953-1965, b:R/t:R, born in CA 1930, died 2013, Tremendous Triandos ''We called it the elephant glove,'' said Ginsberg, ''because it was shaped like an elephant`s ear. Gus Triandos (July 30, 1930 – March 28, 2013) was a Greek American professional baseball player and scout.He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher and a first baseman for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and the Detroit Tigers of the American League (AL) and the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros of the National League (NL). [10][11] He ended the season leading all American League catchers in putouts with 698, and tied Berra's American League record of 30 home runs by a catcher. O's catchers Ginsberg & Triandos will set the modern major-league record for passed balls this season with 49. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher and a first baseman for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and the Detroit Tigers of the American League (AL) and the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros of the National League (NL). Paul Richards was very astute, very thorough. Saint Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA). [5][13], In 1962, he hit .169 in 63 games and was traded to the Detroit Tigers at the end of the year. It is thrown with the same motion as a fastball but with less velocity. Are you a Stathead, too? Triandos was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1954 where he played mostly as a first baseman for his first two years with the team, before becoming the Orioles' regular catcher in 1957. [17] In 1961, the reigning American League stolen base champion, Luis Aparicio, rated Triandos just below Earl Battey as the toughest catcher on which to attempt a stolen base. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program, Vintage Gus Triandos Wilson Catchers Mitt Glove Right Hand Throw, An item that has been used or worn previously. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher and a first baseman for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and the Detroit Tigers of the American League (AL) and the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros of the National League (NL). Awesome Gus Triandos Catcher's Mitt. us, Died: [6], Although perhaps the slowest runner in the league, Triandos once hit an inside-the-park home run. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. in San Jose, CA, High School: Mission HS (Fremont, CA), School: Saint Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA), Debut: Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Each glove cost more than $300 to make, Hollywood said, which was about $250 more than the best big-league glove at the time. He said a glove that big had to be illegal.'' Great mitt for the player or the collector. [1] Triandos led American League catchers twice in assists and in baserunners caught stealing. After the script was circulated and the entire writing staff gathered itself from the bout of collective laughter, I was suddenly filled with a sharp pang of guilty horror: Was Triandos still alive? Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. [1] A four-time All-Star, he batted and threw right-handed. [3], In a 13-year major league career, Triandos played in 1,206 games, accumulating 954 hits in 3,907 at bats for a .244 career batting average along with 167 home runs, 608 runs batted in and a .322 on-base percentage. [20], Triandos served as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973 to 1975. Made in USA. [5][12] In 1959, he hit 20 home runs by mid-season and was again selected to be the starting catcher for the American League in the 1959 All-Star Game, However, a hand injury meant that he only had 25 home runs for the entire season. Have you ever tried catching a baseball with a pillow? Born: 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. Richards, who had been a catcher, asked Wilson Sporting Goods to design the glove. Up for your consideration is a vintage Wilson Gus Triandos catcher's mitt. Could use some oiling and'breaking in' Gus played for the Baltimore Orioles. [15] Over his career, Triandos threw out 46.62% of the base runners who tried to steal a base on him, ranking him 6th on the all-time list. ''He said, `Make the web as wide as can be,` yet flexible enough that the catcher could make quick pickups.''. Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. [4], As the Orioles' catcher, he used an outsized catcher's mitt designed by manager Paul Richards to handle the unpredictable knuckleball of Hoyt Wilhelm. » May 4, 1960 : The Orioles C Gus Triandos sets American League records with three passed balls in one inning (6th) and four in one game, but Hoyt Wilhelm, making a rare start, goes seven innings and gets credit for a 6–4 Baltimore win over the White Sox. Ginsberg caught Wilhelm between 1958 and 1961, when they were teammates at Baltimore. We present them here for purely educational purposes. But, just before it gets there, it darts like a butterfly. [3] He joined the Yankees' major league roster briefly as a 22-year-old in 1953, but was sent back to the minor leagues in 1954. [21], "Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame at MLB.com", "Gus Triandos Looks Back on his Catching Career", September 20, 1958 Yankees-Orioles box score, "Baltimore Orioles All-Time Hitting Leaders", "Luis Aparicio Shoots For Seventh Straight Base-Stealing Honors", Klingaman, Mike. [1] In 1957, he threw out 66.7% of the base runners trying to steal a base, the third highest single-season ratio in Major League history. He was one of the best power-hitting catchers in the American League in the late 50s and early 60s. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. Orioles catcher Gus Triandos shows the difference between the “Hoyt Wilhelm Knuckleball Mitt” versus the conventional mitts in … This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Do you have a blog? 2231204 CanadaGlove is worn … ''When Wilhelm beat the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, Casey had a fit. Up for your consideration is a vintage Wilson Gus Triandos catcher's mitt. Pre-owned, but in good condition. Gus Triandos (July 30, 1930 – March 28, 2013) was a Greek American professional baseball player and scout. The mitt could stand a cleaning and could take some light oiling I guess. [1] He ended his career with a .987 fielding percentage in 992 games as a catcher and, a .988 fielding percentage in 168 games as a first baseman. [2], Born in San Francisco, California, Triandos attended Mission High School and was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1948. The condition is good. Triandos Drive in Timonium, Maryland is named in honor of the popular catcher. 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Orioles catcher Gus Triandos shows the difference between the “Hoyt Wilhelm Knuckleball Mitt” versus the conventional mitts in the 1950s-60s. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. [16], Triandos was elected to the American League All-Star team for three consecutive years, in 1957, 1958 and 1959. Phil Niekro is the pitcher most associate with the knuckleball, but Wilhelm made it famous. 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July 30, 1930 (Age 35-016d) In later years, he lived in San Jose, California. Gus was a four time All-Star in three years, all with Baltimore.

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