Honoring the Player to be Named Later

One of baseball’s great daily publications is MLB Trade Rumors a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors, written and maintained by the talented and dedicated Tim Dierkes. MLBTR is an important part of every baseball journalist’s life.

One of baseball’s great charitable organizations is The Foundation To Be Named Later. The FTBNL was founded in the spring of 2005, by one of the great humans around, Paul Epstein, and his younger, by 60 seconds, twin brother, Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein. The Foundation┬áprovides assistance and awareness for non-profit agencies, working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth. It invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

With these two outstanding, yet disparate, organizations in mind…

On this date:

April 24, 1962

Catcher Harry Chiti was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later.

On June 15th, the Mets sent Chiti back to Cleveland to complete the deal.

Yes, Harry Chiti was the player to be named later and, in essence, was traded for himself.