John Orsino (1938 - 2016)

John Orsino, a former Major League Baseball catcher, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, following a long illness, according to The Associated Press. He was 78.

Orsino played seven seasons in the big leagues, beginning with the San Francisco Giants in 1961. That season, he was part of a record-setting game against the Cincinnati Reds. On Aug. 23, 1961, five Giants homered in the top of the ninth inning to beat the hometown Reds 14-0. Orsino hit the last homer, a three-run blast, following teammates Willie Mays, Jim Davenport, Filipe Alou, and Orlando Cepeda.

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In 1963, Orsino joined the Baltimore Orioles, where he had his best season, playing in 116 games and batting .272, with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs. He stayed in Baltimore through the 1965 season. He then played for the Washington Senators from 1966 to 1967. He batted .249 for his career, with 40 home runs and 123 RBIs.

Following his retirement from baseball, Orsino became a golf professional in his native state of New Jersey. He later coached men’s golf at Florida Atlantic University from 2004 to 2006.

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