Malachi Kittridge

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Malachi Jeddidah Kittridge

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Malachi Kittridge was a catcher with a 16-year major league career from 1890 to 1906. He was not in the majors in 1900. He played only catcher his entire major league career, except for one appearance as a pitcher in 1896. He also worked a total of four games as an umpire between 1890 and 1906.

Kittridge broke in with the Chicago Colts in 1890, and played under player-manager Cap Anson for many years. He then moved to the Louisville Colonels in 1898 under player-manager Fred Clarke and played alongside the young Honus Wagner. After playing entirely in the National League from 1890 through part of 1903, he then moved to the young American League in 1903 and stayed there for the rest of his career.

He briefly managed the Washington Senators in 1904. Even before his replacement, Patsy Donovan, arrived, it was announced that Kittridge was going to be traded to New York. However, Donovan called off the trade, angering New York player-manager Clark Griffith. article (Kittridge had been a teammate of Griffith in Chicago and caught 101 of Griffith's major league starts).

The 9/6/1905 Washington Post called him a vegetarian. I'm not sure if that was serious, though.

In 1893 he swept off the plate without calling time, and a runner scored. article

In 1912 writer Hugh Fullerton wrote an article entitled "The Physics of Baseball" for The American Magazine, and mentioned he experimented with catching balls at second base which were thrown by Malachi Kittridge.

He is one of six players born in Clinton, MA. One of the other ones is his contemporary Jimmy Ryan.

He was sometimes called "Mal Kittridge". His last name is spelled "Kittredge" in many sources.

Preceded by
Tom Loftus
Washington Senators Manager
Succeeded by
Patsy Donovan

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1900 Worcester Farmers Eastern League 62-63 4th none
1904 Washington Senators American League 1-16 -- Washington Senators replaced by Patsy Donovan on May 11
1906 Montreal Canucks Eastern League 7th none replaced Jimmy Bannon
1907 Montreal Royals Eastern League -- none replaced by Red Morgan
Dayton Veterans Central League 5th none replaced Ed McKean and E. Richardson
1908 Scranton Miners New York State League 84-51 1st none League Champs
1909 Wilkes-Barre Barons New York State League 88-53 1st none League Champs
1910 Elgin Kittens Northern Association 37-20 1st none team disbanded on July 11 and league on July 19

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