1905 Chicago Daily News negatives collection SDN-003078. Malachi Kittridge catcher for Washington Nationals in game VS Chicago White Sox throwing ball from home plate at South Side Park, West 37th St & South Princeton Avenue Courtesy Chicago Historical Society
A pioneering baseball player, Malachi Kittridge manned the catcher position for 16 major league seasons, the first ten with the Chicago Cubs of the National League. A team-leader and a defensive stalwart during baseball’s Dead Ball Era, Malachi Kittridge was also well-regarded by pitchers as a pitch-caller during his tenure in the major leagues.
In 1894 Malachi Kittridge batted a career-high .315 for the Cubs. In 1904 he played and was an interim manager for the Washington Nationals of the American League. Baseball History