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Harry Chiti
Born: Nov. 16, 1932 in Kincaid, Ill.
Died: Jan. 31, 2002
Debut: 1950 | Pos: C
Ht: 6’3″ | Wt: 225 | B: R | T: R

10 502 1495 135 356 41 179 4 .238

>> Visit the Harry Chiti biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Harry Chiti spent parts of 10 seasons at the Major League level as a catcher. His most productive season came in 1955 with the Cubs when he hit 11 home runs and drove in 41 runs and hit .238.

Chiti was only 17 years old when he debuted with the Cubs. From 1950 to 1952, he received sporadic chances with the Cubs before leaving to serve in the military in 1953 and 1954 in the Korean War. 

He returned to the Cubs in 1955 and was given the starting just. He did hit 11 home runs that season and drove in 41 runs, but he hit only .238.  His major league career was over before he was 30.

The New York Mets traded for Harry Chiti in exchange for a player to be named later. That player ended up being Harry Chiti. Thus, Chiti was, in a sense, traded for himself.

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