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john tamargo, 1981 topps #519, expos

Player: Tamargo, John

Card: 1981 Topps #519

Position: C

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John Felix Tamargo (born November 7, 1951 in Tampa, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and coach and long-time minor league manager. He played all or part of five seasons in the majors from 1976 until 1980 for the Cardinals, Giants and Expos, and backed up a couple of well-known catchers, Ted Simmons with the Cardinals and Gary Carter with the Expos.

John was drafted out of Tampa Catholic High School by the New York Yankees in 1969, but did not sign, choosing instead to attend Georgia Southern University. He was drafted three more times in the next two years, but did not sign with a team until being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft.

Tamargo broke into the majors in 1976 and was traded to the San Francisco Giants in the middle of the 1978 season He had his most at-bats that year, 98. Traded the next year in mid-season to Montreal (for IA player Joe Pettini), he hit .381 in 12 games with Montreal in 1979. His last year in the majors was in 1980 with Montreal, when he hit .275.

He was a manager in the New York Mets' chain from 1983 to 1996. He managed the Miami Marlins for most of 1982, the Columbia Mets in 1983, Lynchburg Mets in 1987, then spent three years each with the GCL Mets, the St. Lucie Mets, and the Binghamton Mets. He then moved to the Houston Astros chain, with the Kissimmee Cobras in 1997 and the New Orleans Zephyrs in 1998. He was a coach for the Astros from 1999 to 2004. John also managed for one year in the Milwaukee Brewers' chain. He has also served as the Latin America Field Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners organization.

Tamargo's son John Tamargo Jr. has been also a player and coach in the minor leagues.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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John is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

John is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See Tamargo’s baseball cards at TCDB

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