Chet Covington

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Chet Covington
Born: (1910-11-06)November 6, 1910
Cairo, Illinois
Died: June 11, 1976(1976-06-11) (aged 65)
Pembroke Park, Florida
Batted: Both
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 23, 1944, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1944, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–1
Earned run average4.66

Chester Rogers Covington (November 6, 1910 – June 11, 1976) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1944. The 33-year-old rookie, recipient of The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year Award in 1943, was a native of Cairo, Illinois.

Covington is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. He made his major league debut on April 23, 1944 in a doubleheader against the Boston Braves at Braves Field. His first and only major-league win was in the first game of a doubleheader against the Braves at Shibe Park on April 30, 1944. He pitched in relief and was the pitcher of record in a 14-inning, 2–1 victory.[1]

For the season, part of which was spent in the minor leagues, he appeared in 19 games, all in relief, and had a 1–1 record with 10 games finished. He allowed 20 earned runs in 3823 innings pitched for a final ERA of 4.66. In addition, Covington pitched 15 seasons in minor league baseball, winning minor league 220 games.

Covington died at the age of 65 in Pembroke Park, Florida.


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies 2, Boston Braves 1 (1)". April 30, 1944. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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