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Manny Sanguillen – 1973 Topps #250

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   Manuel De Jesus Sanguillen (born March 21, 1944 in Colón, Panama), is a former catcher in the Major Leagues. He was named to the All-Star team three times, in 1971, 1972, and 1975. He played primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but also for the Oakland Athletics in 1977. Sanguillen’s lifetime batting average of .296 is the fourth highest by a catcher since World War II, and tenth highest for catchers in Major League Baseball history. Although he was often overshadowed by his contemporary, Johnny Bench, Sanguillén was considered one of the best catchers in Major League baseball in the early 1970s. While he didn’t possess Bench’s power hitting ability, Sanguillen hit for a higher batting average. He was an integral member of the Pirates teams that won three consecutive National League Eastern Division pennants between 1970 and 1972, and a World Series victory in 1971. Sanguillen was also a fast baserunner for a catcher and was a good defensive player with a strong throwing arm.
Manuel De Jesus Sanguillen Magan In a 13 year career, Sanguillen played in 1448 games, accumulating 1500 hits in 5062 at bats for a .296 career batting average along with 65 home runs and 585 runs batted in.[1] He ended his career with a .986 fielding percentage. Sanguillen was the Pirates’ catcher on September 20, 1969 when Bob Moose pitched a no-hitter. Along with his three All-Star Game appearances, he was a member of two world championship winning teams in 1971 and 1979, and finished in eighth place in the 1971 Most Valuable Player Award balloting results. Sanguillen edged out Johnny Bench on The Sporting News National League All-Star Team in 1971, the only time between 1967 and 1975 that Bench was not selected. He was also a close friend of the late Roberto Clemente. Sanguillen was the only member of the Pirates not to attend Clemente’s funeral, choosing instead to dive the waters where Clemente’s plane had crashed in a futile effort to find his friend. Sanguillen currently operates “Manny’s BBQ”, a barbecue-style concession stand at the Pirates’ current home, PNC Park. He sits in a chair greeting fans in line to buy food, signing autographs and posing for photos.


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