Flashback Friday: About That Gus Triandos Home Run Streak
Aug. 8, 2014
Caleb Joseph homered for the fourth consecutive game on Thursday, becoming the third Orioles catcher to do so, according to many news reports. Gus Triandos and Ramon Hernandez were said to be the others. This week's Flashback Friday looks at Triandos' efforts in 1959 when he became the O's first backstop with a quartet of consecutive home run games. Sort of.
Triandos was a man of multiple power hitting firsts for the Orioles. He was the first O's player with 20 home runs (21 in 1956) as well as 30 home runs (30 in 1958). Having established those marks already, he went on his long ball streak in 1959 from June 13 through June 19. It should be noted, however, that Triandos did not actually homer in four consecutive games; rather, he homered in the four consecutive games in which he started.
Triandos appeared as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 10th inning in the second game of a June 14 doubleheader. He flied out to left field to end the game, a 3-2 Orioles loss to the Chicago White Sox, and finished the day 0-1. Having homered the day before, he did so again in his next three games (June 17, 18 & 19).
The pitcher who retired Triandos on June 14 was Rudy Arias, father of current O's bullpen catcher Rudy Arias. To be historically accurate, we can say that Gus Triandos was the first Orioles catcher to homer in four consecutive starts.