Lou Berberet

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Lou Berberet
Born: (1929-11-20)November 20, 1929
Long Beach, California
Died: April 6, 2004(2004-04-06) (aged 74)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 1954, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1960, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .230
Home runs 31
Runs batted in 153

Louis Joseph Berberet (November 20, 1929 – April 6, 2004) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers between 1954 and 1960. He was born in Long Beach, California.

A stocky player of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m), 200 pounds (91 kg), Berberet was a very solid defensive catcher and a decent left-handed hitter. He retired after the 1960 season having a career batting average of .230, with 31 home runs, 153 runs batted in, and an impressive fielding percentage of .992, including three seasons (1954–55, 1957) in which he made no errors. He is one of only four regular catchers to field a perfect 1.000 for a full season.[citation needed]

In a Tigers victory 12-4 over Chicago White Sox on April 24, 1960, he belted a first-inning grand slam off Early Wynn. It was the American League's third of the day, tying the major league record for number of slams on one day in the same league.[citation needed]

Berberet had a stroke in 1993 and died at the age of 74.[citation needed]

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