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Alfred Henry "Skip" Jutze (born May 28, 1946) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a catcher.

Skip Jutze
Skip Jutze - Houston Astros - 1976.jpg
Jutze in 1976
Born: (1946-05-28) May 28, 1946 (age 73)
Bayside, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1972, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1977, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.215
Home runs3
Runs batted in51

Baseball careerEdit

Jutze was drafted out of Central Connecticut State University by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 1968 MLB amateur draft. Prior to his major league debut, Jutze taught at Candlewood Junior High School, in Dix Hills, New York.[citation needed]

Jutze made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on September 1, 1972, and appeared in his final game on September 21, 1977.

Jutze was a member of the inaugural Seattle Mariners team that began playing in 1977. He also holds the distinction of having hit the first grand slam home run in Mariners history on May 17 of that year.[1]


On May 17th, 1977, in the Kingdome Skip hit a grandslam which was his first homerun in the big leagues and the Seattle Mariners first Grand Slam. Skip later disclosed that he had other help than human agency. Skip on the advice of a cafeteria cashier who's constant humming and whistling impressed him, had begun taking B-Complex vitamins as she advised. He described it; "I've always been relaxed behind the plate. But at bat, I suffered from tension, tried too hard. Ever Since I've taken those vitamins, though, I'm relaxed at the plate, too. My hitting has improved.".[2]

Frank MacCormack after struggling with his control and was demoted to AAA and then to AA later he was re-routed to Mariners in Oakland for discussions with Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, noted psychologist, in the hope that it might re-cecitate the strong-armed pitcher. That didn't show any quick results so Jutze talked to MacCormack about that B-Complex vitamin.

Personal lifeEdit

Jutze is a convert to Judaism.[3]


  1. ^ [ Day by day in Jewish sports history by Bob Wechsler], p. 138, at Google Books
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Hy (1977). The Sporting News Vol. 183, No. 23. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News Publishing Company. p. 15.
  3. ^