164. Gus Triandos, baseball

He was the modern <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000160" title="Baltimore Orioles" href="/topic/sports/baseball/baltimore-orioles-ORSPT000160.topic">Orioles</a>' first power hitter, a swarthy fan favorite whose 30 home runs in 1958 tied the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15007001" title="American League" href="/topic/sports/baseball/american-league-15007001.topic">American League</a> mark for catchers. A four-time All-Star, Triandos caught -- and homered in -- the Orioles' first no-hitter, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007900" title="Hoyt Wilhelm" href="/topic/sports/hoyt-wilhelm-PESPT007900.topic">Hoyt Wilhelm</a>'s 1-0 victory over the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000205" title="New York Yankees" href="/topic/sports/baseball/new-york-yankees-ORSPT000205.topic">New York Yankees</a>. He introduced the oversized mitt used to chase Wilhelm's knuckleballs. Triandos is one of three Orioles to have a street named for him here.

( Baltimore Sun / March 2, 2012 )

He was the modern Orioles' first power hitter, a swarthy fan favorite whose 30 home runs in 1958 tied the American League mark for catchers. A four-time All-Star, Triandos caught -- and homered in -- the Orioles' first no-hitter, Hoyt Wilhelm's 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees. He introduced the oversized mitt used to chase Wilhelm's knuckleballs. Triandos is one of three Orioles to have a street named for him here.

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