Jul 17, 2015

Former Met Mark Carreon's Dad: Camillo Carreon (1959-1966)

Camilo & Mark Carreon

Camilo Carreon known as "Cam" was born August 6, 1937 in Colton, California. The six foot one right handed catcher was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1956.

Camilo Carreon debuted on September 27th getting one at bat in just this one game, for the 1959 AL Champion "Go Go" Sox. He did not make the post season roster. The next season he spent some time in the United States Army & got to Spring Training camp late. After batting .270 at AAA San Diego in the Pacific Coast League he was brought up in June.

In 1961 he had a game winning hit off Whitey Ford, a two run pinch hit single. This broke up Ford's personal 14 game win streak.

After backing up Sherm Lollar, he became the White Sox' main catcher in 1962 & 1963, losing his job to future 1969 Mets World Series hero; J.C. Martin the following season. He spent six seasons with the White Sox, playing for Hall of Fame Manager; Al Lopez during some good years in club history.

He then moved on to the Cleveland Indians (1965) & Baltimore Orioles (1966) where he ended his career. That year he appeared in just three games for the World Champion Orioles.

In an eight year career he batted .264 lifetime with 260 hits 43 doubles 11 HRs 114 RBIs & a .331 on base %. In 320 games at catcher, he threw out 31% of would be base stealers.

Retirement: After his playing days, he worked for the Tucson Arizona Parks Department & for a golf course. He passed away at the young age of 50 in 1987.

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