Ed Fitz Gerald

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Ed Fitz Gerald
Ed Fitz Gerald
Ed Fitz Gerald in 1948
Catcher
Born: (1924-05-21) May 21, 1924 (age 90)
Santa Ynez, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1948 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 1959 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 217
Hits 542
Teams

Edward Raymond Fitz Gerald (born May 21, 1924 in Santa Ynez, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1948-1959 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians. He attended Saint Mary's College of California. Used primarily in a backup role throughout his career, he saw substantial playing time as a rookie with the 1948 Pirates, and again with the Senators from 1953 to 1955. He ended his career with a .260 batting average, 19 home runs and 217 runs batted in in 807 games.

While with the Pirates, Fitz Gerald caught Cliff Chambers' no-hitter on May 6, 1951.[1] He also broke up, as a Washington Senator, Chicago White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce's bid for a perfect game on June 27, 1958 by doubling with two out in the ninth, the ball landing just inches inside the first-base line.[2]

Following his retirement as an active player, Fitz Gerald coached in the American League from 1960-1964 for the Indians, Kansas City Athletics and Minnesota Twins, and briefly managed the Fresno Giants of the Class A California League.

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