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Harry Chiti, chicago cubs

Player: Chiti, Harry

Card: 1953 Bowman Color #7

Position: C

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Harry Chiti (November 16, 1932 – January 31, 2002), born in Kincaid, IL, was a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1950 through 1962. He played for the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Athletics, Detroit Tigers and New York Mets. He was the father of major league coach Dom Chiti.

A competent defensive catcher with a great ability to handle the knuckleball, Harry was only 17 years old when he broke into the majors with the Chicago Cubs, making infrequent appearances from 1950 to 1952.

After two years in the United States Army during the Korean War, Chiti returned to Chicago and handled the starting job in 1955, batting .231 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in a career-high 113 games.

In 1956, Chiti shared catching duties with Hobie Landrith. On May 30 (Memorial Day) he made an entry for himself in Cubs trivia, during the second game of a windblown doubleheader against the Milwaukee Braves, in which 39 runs were scored overall. While being intentionally walked, Harry hit Ray Crone's pitch into the right field corner for a triple.

On April 25, 1962—before he played a game for the Indians—Chiti was acquired from the Indians by the expansion New York Mets for a player to be named later. However, he was sent back to the Indians on June 15, 1962, Since he was the "player to be named later"; he became the first MLB player to be traded for himself. Harry never played another major league game, spending two more years at Triple-A before retiring in 1964.

Harry's son, Dom Chiti, is a former left-handed pitcher in the minor leagues. Dom began coaching in 1982, and has been a coach, scout and farm system official. In Major League Baseball, he has worked as bullpen coach of the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


1954 Topps #179
1958 Topps #119
1959 Topps #79



Harry Chiti is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop

Harry is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Harry is also part of the Detroit Tigers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See Harry’s baseball cards at TCDB

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2 thoughts on “Harry Chiti: Korean War Veteran, Traded for himself in 1962

  1. GARY SEDLOCK says:

    Baseball Catcher Harry Chiti was born in my very small home town. Is it possible to legalyl make a poster from his 1953 card to display in his home town ? No money is made from this
    and I was wondering if it is copyrighted.

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