Chris Cannizzaro

Chris Cannizzaro
Born: (1938-05-03)May 3, 1938
Oakland, California
Died: December 29, 2016(2016-12-29) (aged 78)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1974, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average .235
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 169
Career highlights and awards

Christopher John Cannizzaro (May 3, 1938 – December 29, 2016) was an American professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals (1960–61), New York Mets (1962–65), Pittsburgh Pirates (1968), San Diego Padres (1969–71, 1974), Chicago Cubs (1971), and Los Angeles Dodgers (1972–73).

He appeared in 59 games for the 1962 Mets expansion team, which ended up with a record of 40–120. The 120 losses continues to be the most losses by any Major League Baseball team in a single season since the 19th century.

In a 13-season career, Cannizzaro posted a .235 batting average with 18 home runs and 169 RBI in 740 games played.

In 1969, Cannizzaro became the first San Diego Padre selected to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Cannizzaro died from emphysema on December 29, 2016, at the age of 78.[1]



  1. Kenney, Kirk (December 30, 2016). "Chris Cannizzaro, first Padres All-Star, dies". Retrieved December 31, 2016.

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