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On October 8, 1983, outfielder Tito Landrum of the Baltimore Orioles hit a home run in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to give the O's the lead over the Chicago White Sox. Thanks to Landrum's homer, the Orioles won the game and, thus, the Series, 3 games to 1.

Landrum had been sent to Baltimore on August 31st to complete a deal for Floyd Rayford who'd been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in June. Landrum was traded back to the Cardinals before Opening Day 1984, just as Rayford was sold back to the Orioles before the 1984 season started.

He became an emergency starter in left field during the 1985 World Series, when Vince Coleman injured his leg in a bizarre incident with a tarpaulin during the NLCS. Landrum played very well, collecting 9 hits in 25 at bats, with two doubles and a home run, for a .360 average. He had also gone 6 for 14 (.429) after Coleman's injury in the NLCS.

In 1989, he played for the West Palm Beach Tropics of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He batted .346 with 3 homers and 55 RBI for the club. In 1990, Landrum played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans, also of the SPBA. He batted .244 with 1 home run and 13 RBI in 22 games before the league folded.

As of 2007, he was a physical therapist with a practice in New York, NY. He had attended New York University after his playing career in order to earn the required degree.

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[edit] Further Reading

  • Tito Landrum (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, April 1990, pp. 75-77 [1]
  • George Vecsey: "Outfielder, Then College Valedictorian", The New York Times, Nov. 22, 1998. [2]

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