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Former big league catcher Gus Triandos dies at 82

Friday - 3/29/2013, 2:48pm  ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Gus Triandos, a major league catcher who spent the majority of his 14-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, died at his San Jose home, his sister said.

Triandos's daughter, Trach Hook, says her father died Thursday. She says he was suffering from congestive heart failure and had been in and out of the hospital. His other daughter, Lori Luna, says her father still received fan mail and was amazed people still thought about him.

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. He hit 167 home runs.

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