The wonderful Elrod Hendricks did not put up big numbers but was the kind of player that everyone wanted on his team.
We remember that Hendricks was born in the US Virgin Islands on this day in 1940. He died in 2005.
Hendricks joined the Orioles in the late 1960′s and shared catching duties with Andy Etchebarren.
Over time, Ellie enjoyed a long major league career because he was a first class professional with a very positive attitude.
On the field, he was remembered as Mike Cuellar’s catcher.
Off the field, he was one of the most popular players in Oriole history. Everybody loved Ellie Hendricks!
Between 1968-76, Hendricks caught Cuellar, McNally and Palmer. He hit .273 in 9 post season series.
In 1977, Ellie became a player/coach and a valuable piece in the development of young arms like Dennis Martinez, Scott McGregor and Mike Flannagan. Later, he was the wise veteran in a clubhouse that included youngsters like Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken.
Ellie was a great PR ambassador for the team and active in various community organizations. Super guy!
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