The husky catcher broke in with the Cubs at age 17 and made infrequent appearances
in 1950-52. After two years in the military he was handed the starting job in 1955,
but hit only .231. The relaxed and flexible Chiti became an excellent knuckleball
catcher, but after improving his hitting with Kansas City in 1958-59, he batted just
.201 in 1960 and was out of the majors by age 30.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1955:
Cubs rookie slugger Bob Speake homers in both games of a doubleheader against the Cards to finish the month with 10 homers. His homer breaks a 3-3 tie in the 11th inning of the nightcap to help the Cubs sweep in St. Louis, 9–5 (10) and 4–3 (11). Paul Minner and Howie Pollet are the winners for Chicago, while Brooks Lawrence and Bobby Tiefenauer take the losses. Speake will hit just two more homers the rest of the season. In game 2, the Cards get stopped in the 9th by an interference call. Wally Moon attempts to steal 3B but C Harry Chiti's throw hits the bat of Red Schoendienst. Red is called out and Moon must return to 2B. Stan Musial then grounds out.