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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Left-Handed Catchers and Kellogg's Baseball Cards - Since the Cubs Last World Series Win in 1908

Yes, a lot of things have happened since the 1908 World Series.  In that time only four left-handers have been inserted into an MLB lineup as the catcher.   None made an error in their short stints wearing the tools of ignorance.  I barely survived one day of practice in Little League.

Benny Distefano was the most recent, playing for the Pirates in 1989.  He got into three games for a total of six innings.

Mike Squires played two games at catcher for the White Sox in 1980.  He only played two innings in this position.

In 1958 Dale Long played two games and less than two innings with the Cubs.  He was the first left-handed catcher in the majors since 1905.

The only other left-handed player to be listed as a catcher did so under odd circumstances.  Chris Short was listed as catcher by the Phillies for a 1961 game.  Why?  Manager Gene Mauch was not sure who would be the opposing pitcher in the second game of a doubleheader so he listed Chris Short as catcher.  Short didn't bat or take the field, but the rules in place at that time give him credit for being catcher in the game.  Here is a great recap of the game and the reason that Short was in this situation -   Pitchers in the Starting Lineup in Other Positions.

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