You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Gus Triandos, 82; Orioles catcher was 4-time All-Star

Gus Triandos was behind the plate as Willie Mays cracked a game-winning triple in the first 1959 All-Star Game.

Associated Press

Gus Triandos was behind the plate as Willie Mays cracked a game-winning triple in the first 1959 All-Star Game.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gus ­Triandos, a major league catcher who spent the majority of his 13-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, died at his San Jose home, his sister said.

Mr. Triandos’s daughter, Tracey Hook, said her father died Thursday. He was 82. She said Mr. Triandos was suffering from congestive heart failure and had been in and out of the hospital.

Continue reading below

Mr. Triandos played from 1953-1965.

He broke into the majors with the Yankees and played in 20 games over two years in New York before becoming a starter with the Orioles in 1955. He played eight seasons for Baltimore before finishing with ­Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston.

His lifetime batting average was .244. The four-time All-Star hit 167 home runs.

His best season was 1956, when he batted .279 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs.

He also hit 30 home runs in 1958.

In that same season, Mr. Triandos also caught a no-hitter thrown by knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm.

Mr. Triandos’s other daughter, Lori Luna, says her father still received fan mail and was amazed people still thought about him.

‘‘He always felt very grateful he got the opportunity to play,’’ she said. ‘‘He would never say he was great. We just always knew he was great.’’

According to the family, he also leaves his wife, Evelyn, 84, and a son, Gary, 59.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of