Constantine Gregory Niarhos
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Gus Niarhos, who made it to the major leagues as a catcher with the Yankees, died on Dec. 29, 2004 in Harrisonburg, Va. He was 84.
He played in 315 games in the major leagues over nine seasons and he posted a career .252 batting average with a home run and 59 RBI.
His major league debut came on June 9, 1946 with the Yankees. His most productive season came in 1948, when he played in 83 games and had 228 at-bats for the Yankees. He hit .268 that season with 19 RBI.
He played for the Yankees until June 1940 when the White Sox claimed him off waivers. In November 1951, the White Sox traded Niarhos, along with Joe DeMaestri, Jim Rivera, Dick Littlefield and Gordon Goldsberry to the Browns for Sherm Lollar, Tom Upton and Al Widmar. On the next day, the Browns sent him, along with Ken Wood, to the Red Sox for Lee Moss and Tom Wright.
Following his career as a player, he was a manager for several minor league teams including the Birmingham A's, according to his obituary.
Source: Birmingham News obituary (Dec. 31, 2004)