Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#633 Jack Hiatt

Well traveled career reserve catcher…mostly played with the SF Giants 1965-70…signed as a free agent by the first year Los Angeles Angels in 1961…worked his way up the farm system…made it to AAA Hawaii where he hit .308 in 1964 and earned a cup of coffee with the big club…Traded in off season to Giants…gradually gained more playing time but pitcher seem to find out his weaknesses and hitting average suffered…Finished out the 1969 season with the Giants with a .196 BA…Purchased by the Expos prior to 1970 season…hit well in les Expo land but was quickly traded to Cubs to replace a ailing Randy Hundley…Time with the Cub was the closest Jack ever came to starter status…Purchased by Houston for 1971…hit .276 in 174 at bats…finished out MLB career splitting time for Astros and original club California Angels…Played in minors two years after leaving MLB.  


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