Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, Died at 78


Christopher John Cannizzaro was born on May 3, 1938, and died in December 2016.

He was a catcher in Major League Baseball.

He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1960–1961), New York Mets (1962–1965), Pittsburgh Pirates (1968), San Diego Padres (1969–1971, 1974), Chicago Cubs (1971) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1972–1973).

Chris batted and threw right-handed.

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

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

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

He died from emphysema.

Chris Cannizzaro passed away at 78 years old.