Tito Landrum

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2+12 months prior when the Orioles sent Floyd Rayford to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 13. [2] Landrum hit the game-winning home run for the Orioles in the final game of the 1983 American League Championship Series. [3] He was a very late addition to the Orioles post-season roster, and such an unlikely hero that teammate John Lowenstein joked that he was not sure of Landrum's first name. [3]

Landrum also played well in the 1985 National League Championship Series and 1985 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, subbing for an injured Vince Coleman. He hit well over .300 in the postseason and had a home run in game four of the World Series. [4] Landrum played winter ball with the Cardenales de Lara club of the Venezuelan League during three seasons spanning 1981–1983. [5]

Although a below average hitter in his career, in 607 games compiling a .249 batting average with 13 home runs and 111 RBI over 9 seasons, Landrum was an excellent outfielder. In 233023 innings, (including one game at first base) he recorded a .992 fielding percentage, committing only 5 errors in 634 total chances. He was a strong hitter in the postseason, compiling a .347 batting average (17-for-49) with 7 runs, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in 19 games.

Landrum also played for the West Palm Beach Tropics and the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in the 1989 and 1990 seasons, respectively. [6] He played in the Mexican League with the Charros de Jalisco, in 1991. [7]

After baseball, Landrum attended New York University and earned a physical therapy degree. In 1998, he became a physical therapist, with a practice in New York City. [8] He was NYU Baseball's hitting coach.

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Tito Landrum
Tito Landrum at 25th Anniversary of Orioles' 1983 World Series Championship
Born: (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 67)
Joplin, Missouri
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 1980, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1988, for the Baltimore Orioles