He was the Orioles' first slugger, a three-time All-Star and a pillar behind the plate, where he calmed the team's fledgling pitchers. A brawny Greek with a lumbering gait, Triandos hit 142 home runs here, 30 in 1958 to tie the American League single-season record for catchers.
His most memorable poke? A 425-foot homer in 1958 to beat New York, 1-0, as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hit the Yankees. “Catching Hoyt was such a miserable experience, I just wanted to end the game,” Triandos said later.
A fan favorite, he is one of three Orioles, along with Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr., to have a street named for him: Triandos Drive, in Timonium. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1981.