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Manny Sanguillen

All-Star Selection 1971, 72, 75
The Sporting News N.L. All-Star Team 1971

Full Name: Manuel De Jesus (Magan) Sanguillen
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-0 Weight: 193 lbs.
Born: Mar 21, 1944 in Colon, Panama
Major League Debut: Jul 23, 1967
Died:  

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
  BATTING
Year Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
1967 PIT .271 30 96 6 26 4 0 0 8 4 12 .300 .313 .613
1969 PIT .303 129 459 62 139 21 6 5 57 12 48 .324 .407 .731
1970 PIT .325 128 486 63 158 19 9 7 61 17 45 .344 .444 .788
1971 PIT .319 138 533 60 170 26 5 7 81 19 32 .345 .426 .771
1972 PIT .298 136 520 55 155 18 8 7 71 21 38 .322 .404 .726
1973 PIT .282 149 589 64 166 26 7 12 65 17 29 .301 .411 .712
1974 PIT .287 151 596 77 171 21 4 7 68 21 27 .313 .371 .684
1975 PIT .328 133 481 60 158 24 4 9 58 48 31 .391 .451 .842
1976 PIT .290 114 389 52 113 16 6 2 36 28 18 .338 .378 .716
1977 OAK .275 152 571 42 157 17 5 6 58 22 35 .302 .354 .656
1978 PIT .264 85 220 15 58 5 1 3 16 9 10 .296 .336 .633
1979 PIT .230 56 74 8 17 5 2 0 4 2 5 .247 .351 .598
1980 PIT .250 47 48 2 12 3 0 0 2 3 1 .294 .313 .607
  AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
Totals .296 1448 5062 566 1500 205 57 65 585 223 331 .326 .398 .724


  BATTING BASERUNNING MISC
Year Team HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1967 PIT 0 2 30 3 2 0 0 1 .000 0.0 8.0
1969 PIT 3 13 187 4 5 2 8 4 .667 91.8 9.6
1970 PIT 0 15 216 9 1 6 2 3 .400 69.4 10.8
1971 PIT 3 21 227 13 1 1 6 4 .600 76.1 16.7
1972 PIT 0 10 210 11 0 6 1 2 .333 74.3 13.7
1973 PIT 3 17 242 8 2 8 2 5 .286 49.1 20.3
1974 PIT 5 18 221 9 3 7 2 2 .500 85.1 22.1
1975 PIT 3 12 217 15 2 3 5 4 .556 53.4 15.5
1976 PIT 2 14 147 14 3 4 2 4 .333 194.5 21.6
1977 OAK 2 13 202 4 2 4 2 5 .286 95.2 16.3
1978 PIT 2 5 74 2 2 2 2 2 .500 73.3 22.0
1979 PIT 0 3 26 2 3 1 0 0 .000 0.0 14.8
1980 PIT 0 1 15 2 2 0 3 2 .600 0.0 48.0
  HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
Totals 23 144 2014 96 28 44 35 38 .479 77.9 15.3


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
Year Team POS G PO A E DP FPCT
1967 PIT C 28 133 11 2 4 .986
1969 PIT C 113 825 71 17 11 .981
1970 PIT C 125 775 66 10 12 .988
1971 PIT C 135 712 72 5 12 .994
1972 PIT C 127 721 50 9 4 .988
1972 PIT UN 2 3 0 0 0 1.000
1972 Total   129 724 50 9 4 .989
1973 PIT C 89 493 35 9 9 .983
1973 PIT UN 59 139 6 8 2 .948
1973 Total   148 632 41 17 11 .975
1974 PIT C 151 713 76 12 8 .985
1975 PIT C 132 650 53 9 4 .987
1976 PIT C 111 518 52 13 7 .978
1977 OAK C 77 341 45 6 3 .985
1977 OAK UN 9 17 0 0 0 1.000
1977 OAK 1B 7 61 9 1 4 .986
1977 Total   93 419 54 7 7 .985
1978 PIT C 18 83 5 0 0 1.000
1978 PIT 1B 40 355 15 0 26 1.000
1978 Total   58 438 20 0 26 1.000
1979 PIT C 8 32 4 2 0 .947
1979 PIT 1B 5 35 2 0 3 1.000
1979 Total   13 67 6 2 3 .973
1980 PIT 1B 5 40 3 2 3 .956
  G PO A E DP FPCT
Totals 1241 6646 575 105 112 .986



ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1971
1972
1975
TM
Pit
Pit
Pit
LG
NL
NL
NL
G
0
1
0
AB
0
2
0
R
0
0
0
H
0
1
0
2B
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
TB
0
1
0
BB
0
0
0
K
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.500
-.---
SLG
-.---
.500
-.---
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
1
AB
2
R
0
H
1
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
1
BB
0
K
0
SB
0
AVG
.500
SLG
.500
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
--.-


LCS STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1970
1971
1972
1974
1975
TM
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
G
3
4
5
4
3
AB
12
15
16
16
12
R
0
1
4
0
0
H
2
4
5
4
2
2B
0
0
1
1
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
1
0
0
RBI
0
1
2
0
0
TB
2
4
9
5
2
BB
0
1
0
0
0
K
1
1
0
0
0
SB
0
1
0
0
0
BAVG
.167
.267
.313
.250
.167
SLG
.167
.267
.563
.313
.167
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
16.0
--.-
--.-
AB/K
12.0
15.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
19
AB
71
R
5
H
17
2B
2
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
3
TB
22
BB
1
K
2
SB
1
AVG
.239
SLG
.310
AB/HR
71.0
AB/K
35.5


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1971
1979
TM
Pit
Pit
LG
NL
NL
G
7
3
AB
29
3
R
3
0
H
11
1
2B
1
0
3B
0
0
HR
0
0
RBI
0
1
TB
12
1
BB
0
0
K
3
0
SB
2
0
BAVG
.379
.333
SLG
.414
.333
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
AB/K
9.7
--.-
Totals G
10
AB
32
R
3
H
12
2B
1
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
13
BB
0
K
3
SB
2
AVG
.375
SLG
.406
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
10.7


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1967-1980
1977
TM
Pit
Oak
LG
NL
AL
TEAM NAME
Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics
LEAGUE NAME
National League
American League



Speedy for a catcher, free-swinging Manny Sanguillen had great hitting ability, a strong arm, and a cat-like quality behind the plate. The ever-smiling Panamanian twice finished third in the NL batting race: in his second full season (1970), when he batted .325, and again in 1975, when he hit a career-high .328. Manny has the Highest Career Batting Average for catchers since WWII. The bad-ball-hitting Sanguillen was a good contact hitter, but rarely walked. Overshadowed by Johnny Bench, he edged out the Cincinnati catcher on TSN's NL All-Star Team in 1971 - the only time between 1967 and 1975 that Bench was not selected. He was durable, catching more than 100 games in seven of his first eight full seasons with the Pirates. The exception was 1973, the season after his close friend, Roberto Clemente, was killed in an airplane crash; Sanguillen was chosen to replace Clemente in right field. The move did not work and Sanguillen returned to catching. After playing for five division-champion Pirate clubs, Sanguillen was sent with $100,000 to Oakland for Chuck Tanner in a rare player-for-manager trade on November 5, 1976. Pittsburgh reacquired the popular Sanguillen in April 1978. His pinch single with two out in the ninth in Game Two of the 1979 World Series gave the Pirates a 3-2 victory.



Interview by Rich Emert on Thursday, April 10, 2003

Manny Sanguillen was a latecomer to the game of baseball but picked it up quickly and became, arguably, the best catcher to play for the Pirates.
A lifetime .296 hitter, Sanguillen was a key member of the Pirates in the 1970s and helped the team win World Series titles in '71 and '79. In '71, he hit .379 against the Baltimore Orioles in the Series. In '79, Sanguillen had a pinch-hit single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory against the Orioles in the second game of the Series.
Twice he finished third in the National League batting race. Perhaps his best season with the Pirates came in '71 when he hit .319 with 81 RBIs. Always a fan favorite, Sanguillen, 58, is at PNC Park for most home games these days. A three-time All-Star, he lives in Green Tree and owns Manny's Bar-be-que restaurant on the Riverwalk at PNC Park. Sanguillen was honored with his own bobblehead doll at the Pirates-Brewers game last night.

Q: How do you feel about having your own bobblehead doll?
A:
I feel good about it. I think I'm the first player, other than the Hall of Famers, to have one in Pittsburgh.
Q: Why didn't you start playing baseball until later in life?
A:
I was working, so I didn't start playing until I was 22. When I finally started to play I didn't know what I was doing, but one of the first times up I hit the ball out of the park. People wanted to know who this crazy guy was who got the hit. I did pretty good that first day, and that's how I got started.
Q: Were you good at the game right away?
A:
No, I was real bad. They made me a catcher because they said I looked like a catcher because of my legs. But I didn't know what I was doing at first. The first fly ball behind the plate I tried to catch hit me in the eye.
Q: You had to work hard at the game?
A:
I worked very hard to learn how to play. I was blessed with the ability to hit the ball, but I worked hard to get better. I would watch the NBC Game of the Week on television all the time and watch what the catchers were doing. After I started playing I was in the major leagues in 2 1/2 years.
Q: How did you get to be such a good hitter?
A:
Hitting is balance, and I was blessed with good balance. You have to be able to see the ball well to hit it, and I was able to do that. But I had good balance with my body at the plate, and that's the big thing.
Q: Who was the toughest pitcher you ever faced?
A:
I don't know about one guy, but the toughest pitchers for me to hit against were guys who threw a lot of junk. A guy like Bob Gibson, who would just throw hard, I did OK against. But the guys who didn't throw hard gave me problems.
Q: Pirates announcer Bob Prince nicknamed you the "Road Runner." Why?
A:
It was because I had good speed for a catcher and because I never quit. I would go from first to third on a single, and I think I still hold the team record for a catcher with eight triples in one year.
Q: Who was the best pitcher you worked with?
A:
Oh, there were so many good ones. I caught Jim Bunning and Vern Law and Bert Blyleven, Steve Blass and ElRoy Face and Dave Guisti. I caught crazy Dock Ellis and John Candelaria ... a lot of good guys.
Q: Were you the catcher when Dock Ellis pitched his no-hitter?
A:
No, but I was with Bobby Moose when he pitched his [in 1969]. We went all fastballs for a while and then we went to all changeups. We kept switching like that, and they [New York Mets] couldn't hit him. I didn't even know he had a no-hitter going until late in the game. [See NO HITTERS CAUGHT.]
Q: Why were the Pirates so successful in the 1970s?
A:
We had great players like [Roberto] Clemente and Willie Stargell and we always thought we were going to win. [Manager] Danny Murtaugh would tell us that no team would beat us after the seventh inning. If we were ahead at that point or tied, we were going to win, and we came back in the late innings a lot of times.
Q: How good was Clemente?
A:
He was the best with everything he could do. There were some who hit more home runs and things like that, but he could do so much. He was a great hitter, but, when he was in the field, runners would go from first to just second if the ball was hit to him. If there were runners on base, I used to hope the ball would be hit to him because I knew the runners wouldn't try to come home. If the ball was hit to right, they'd go to next base and stop.
Q: Your best memory playing for the Pirates?
A:
Winning the World Series in '71 against Baltimore who had four 20-game winners that season. Beating them was a great thrill.