Born: May 3, 1938|
Died: December 29, 2016 (aged 78)|
San Diego, California
|April 17, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1974, for the San Diego Padres|
|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 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.
- 1969 National League All-Star
- Was an original member of the 1962 New York Mets
- Was an original member of the 1969 San Diego Padres
- Kenney, Kirk (December 30, 2016). "Chris Cannizzaro, first Padres All-Star, dies". Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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