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Chris Haughey

 

Date and Place of Birth: October 3, 1925 Astoria, New York

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position:
Pitcher
Rank:
Unknown
Military Unit:
US Army

Area Served: United States

Christopher F “Chris” Haughey was born in Astoria, New York on October 3, 1925. A hard-throwing right-hander he was pitching in the Queens CYO League when the Dodgers signed him midway through the 1943 season.

Without throwing a ball in the minors, Haughey made his major league debut on October 3, 1943 against the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field – the last day of the season and Haughey’s 18th birthday. He hurled seven innings in the 6-1 loss but only three of those runs were earned. 

Before the start of the next season, on February 15, 1944, Haughey entered military service with the Army. "It was out of my control," Haughey told Scott Wong of the Oakland Tribune in 2005. "I had to do what everyone had to do. Going into the service was expected of each and every able person."

He was assigned to a Cavalry Replacement Company at Fort Riley, Kansas, but a dispute with a commanding officer ruined his chances of playing with other professional players on the base team. For the next three years, Haughey was a communications instructor, training radio operators.

When he was discharged from the Army in 1946, Haughey was out of practice and his arm was out of shape. He was assigned to Montreal of the International League but released to Asheville of the Tri-State League in May where he was 0-2. 

Haughey regained his form in 1947 pitching for St Joseph of the Western Association. He was 15-7 with a superb 2.64 ERA, but an arm injury the following year brought his career to an eventual end in 1950.

Haughey later obtained a degree in engineering from Fordham University and worked as an operations manager for a New York oil company. He later spent 20 years as part owner of a men's clothing store in Salinas, California before moving to Fremont where he continues to live. Chris Haughey is 82.

Created April 13, 2008.

 

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