Orioles two-time World Series winning catcher Andy Etchebarren dies

Posted at 3:34 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 15:34:28-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Former longtime Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren has died at the age of 76.

The man known to many fans as Etch was part of Baltimore's 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

Over parts of 12 seasons with the Birds, he also made two All-Star teams.

For his career overall, Etchebarren played in 948 MLB games, batting .235 with 49 home runs and 309 RBIs, including parts of three seasons with the California Angels.

After retiring as a player in 1978, Etchebarren launched a career in coaching, that eventually landed back with the Orioles as a bench coach from 1996 to 1997 under then Manager Davey Johnson.

He would also go on to manage Orioles minor league affiliates the Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, and later the Aberdeen IronBirds.

His last managerial job was with the York Revolution, of the Independent Atlantic League, where he won a pair of league championships in 2010 and 2011.

Legendary Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer said on Twitter that he found out about Etchebarren's death from fellow Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

In his tweet, Palmer reminisced about the late catcher calling a shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series.