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Gorrell Robert Stinson III
(Scrap Iron)

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Bob Stinson was a backup catcher who was picked by the expansion Seattle Mariners and became a regular catcher for them for a few years. He went from being a backup for a top Kansas City Royals team in 1976 to being a regular on a last-place team in 1977.

Stinson was a first round pick in 1966, and tried to get a spot on the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969 and 1970. At the time, Tom Haller and Jeff Torborg were the established catchers, and Joe Ferguson was the up-and-coming catcher. Stinson became a journeyman until finding a home in his 30's with the Mariners from 1977-80.

As of 2002, Stinson worked for Boeing.

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He was interviewed about the experience of playing for a brand-new team. See Stinson's recollections of playing for an expansion team.

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