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From BR Bullpen
Joseph Christopher Short
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1959
- Final Game September 18, 1973
- Born September 19, 1937 in Milford, DE USA
- Died August 1, 1991 in Wilmington, DE USA
 Biographical Information
Through 2004, Chris Short is the fourth winningest pitcher in Philadelphia Phillies history, with 132 wins for the Phils. He trails only Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, and Pete Alexander among the team's career leaders.
The record book shows a catching appearance for Chris Short in 1961. In fact, Short never donned the tools of ignorance. The story goes that in Game 1 of a doubleheader on June 29, 1961, the lowly Phillies managed by Gene Mauch was locked in a battle of wits with Giants manager Al Dark. Both managers warmed up several starting pitchers in an effort to get a favorable lineup for the starting pitcher they chose.
To this end, Mauch penciled in pitcher Chris Short at catcher, among other odd moves. He had pitcher Don Ferrarese leading off and playing center and Jim Owens in right field and batting third. Short was listed as the seventh hitter. When the game began, Ferrarese, Owens, and Short were immediately replaced. Starter Ken Lehman didn't fare much better getting the hook after two batters. He was relieved by Dallas Green.
Under the current scoring rules, Short, Ferrarese, and Owens would not appear in the record books with a game in the field but their games will remain in the official stats as that was the rule in 1961. The Phils wound up losing the game 8-7 in 10 innings. Juan Marichal won the game in relief in one of his 12 career relief appearances. The box score can be found below.
On July 3, 1973, pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in his final big-league season, Short started the first game of a double-header against the Baltimore Orioles. He was relieved after 3 1/3 innings, and then pitched another 1 1/3 innings of the second game.
Short suffered a brain aneurysm in 1988 and never fully regained consciousness. He died in a convalescent home a few years later.
- First Baseball Card appearance 1967 Topps
 Notable Achievements
- 2-time NL All-Star (1964 & 1967)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1964-1966 & 1968)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1966)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1964-1966 & 1968)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons; 2 (1965 & 1968)