April 25, 1962

On April 25, 1962, the Cleveland Indians baseball team traded catcher Harry Chiti to the new expansion team, the New York Mets for a player to be named later. On June 15, 1962, 51 days later, the New York Mets traded Harry Chiti back to the Cleveland Indians as the player to be named later. Mr. Chiti became the first player in Major League baseball history to have been traded for himself. It became very apparent that Cleveland failed to say “No Backsies” during the initial trade.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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