Monday, March 4, 2019

RIP - Johnny Romano


Johnny Romano, the Indians' starting catcher from 1960-64, passed away on March 4, 2019 at age 84.


Romano was the White Sox' backup catcher in his rookie season (1959), then was traded to the Indians that winter in the deal that returned Minnie Minoso to the Sox.

Johnny was the Tribe's backstop for the next five seasons, and made all 4 All-Star teams picked during 1961-62.

He returned to the Pale Hose after the 1964 season in a 3-team mega-deal, and was their regular catcher for the next 2 seasons.

He played for the Cardinals briefly in his final season (1967).

Upon retirement, he held the Indians' team records for catchers with most career home runs (91), most home runs in a season (25) and most RBIs in a season (81).

Cleveland.com obituary

WKYC-3 TV (Cleveland) obituary

1 comment:

Bill White said...

Just a good steady player. Was an AL starter in the 1961 All Star game beating out the likes of Elston Howard and Earl Battey. This 66 Topps is a nice representation of John.