Malachi Jeddidah Kittridge
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1890
- Final Game August 8, 1906
- Born October 12, 1869 in Clinton, MA USA
- Died June 23, 1928 in Gary, IN USA
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 was sometimes called "Mal Kittridge". His last name is spelled "Kittredge" in many sources.
- Photograph of Malachi Kittridge playing catcher in 1905: photo