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Digest: Ex-Orioles catcher John Orsino dead at 78

Digest: Ex-Orioles catcher John Orsino dead at 78

John Orsino, a catcher for the Orioles from 1963 to 1965, has died. He was 78. Orsino died Tuesday at Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., after a lengthy illness, according to his wife, Honey.

The Orioles acquired Orsino from the San Francisco Giants in December 1962 with pitchers Mike McCormick and Stu Miller for pitchers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft and catcher Jimmie Coker.

Orsino's best major league season was 1963, when he homered in his first five spring training games and batted .272 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in the regular season. The Orioles traded him to the...

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