|Born: July 30, 1962|
|April 12, 1987, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 15, 1998, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||320|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thomas Alan Pagnozzi (born July 30, 1962) is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1987 through 1998. A three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Pagnozzi was named to the National League All-Star team in 1992. Besides catcher, Pagnozzi also made 40 appearances at first base and seven at third base during his career.
Pagnozzi was born in Tucson, Arizona. He attended University of Arkansas where he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. Initially a backup catcher and utility player for the Cardinals, in 1990. Pagnozzi impressed Cardinals manager Joe Torre enough to move Todd Zeile, then the Cardinals' hot catching prospect, to third base to make room for him. Pagnozzi remained the Cardinals' regular catcher until 1996. While he had moderate power and was considered a run batted in (RBI) threat, he was primarily regarded for his defense, for which he won the Gold Glove Award in 1991, 1992, and 1994. Pagnozzi also made the National League All-Star team in 1992.
Pagnozzi retired from MLB as a player in 1998 at the age of 36 after having been released by the Cardinals in August. His offensive career totals included a batting average of .253 with 44 home runs and 320 RBI. He placed in the top five in Cardinals franchise history in catcher defensive categories such as games caught, innings, putouts, stolen bases allowed, caught stealing, and fielding percentage.