March 26, 2019

Gus Mancuso

   August Rodney "Gus" Mancuso was an American professional baseball player, coach, scout and radio sports commentator. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals (1928, 1930-32, 1941-42), New York Giants (1933-38, 1942-44), Chicago Cubs (1939), Brooklyn Dodgers (1940) and Philadelphia Phillies (1945). He was known for his capable handling of pitching staffs and for his on-field leadership abilities. He was a member of five National League pennant-winning teams, and played as the catcher for five pitchers who were eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was regarded as one of the top defensive catchers of the 1930s.

   In 1946, Mancuso became the player-manager of the minor league Tulsa Oilers and in 1948 took over as manager of the San Antonio Missions. In 1950, he was hired as the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds, then began a career as a broadcaster in 1951 with his hometown Houston team in the Texas League. He later moved to St. Louis where he worked with play-by-play announcer Harry Caray on the Cardinals' radio network until 1954, when he served as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Colt .45s. In 1962 Mancuso was seriously injured in a traffic accident which killed his wife, Lorena. In 1981, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He contracted emphysema in 1984 and died at the age of 78 in Houston. Source

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Section 55
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery
Houston

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