|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1944|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 2003|
Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League Baseball as a pitcher for nine seasons (1963 to 1967, 1969, 1971 to 1973) with the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Signed as an amateur free agent by the expansion Houston Colt .45s in 1962, "Zach" never had a winning season in the majors. Used mostly in middle relief and as spot starter, he was 2-2, appearing in 1963. Over the course of the next few seasons, he spent the majority of his time the Minors. He was sold by Houston to the expansion Kansas City Royals on October 21, 1968. After appearing in only 8 games in 1969 he was traded by the Royals to the Cardinals in exchange for Ted Abernathy on July 1, 1970. After a 3-10 season with the Cardinals in 1971, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Bill Denehy on December 7, 1971. It was with Detroit that he had his greatest success. Under the leadership of Manager Billy Martin, he helped the Tigers to a division championship with a 1.42 ERA in 25 games, all but one in relief. He was traded by Detroit to Pittsburgh in exchange for Charlie Sands in April of 1973 and appeared in 6 games for the Bucs with an 0-1 record. This proved to be the end of his major league career. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Pete Koegel on December 5, 1973, but never appeared for them. Chris Zachary once described himself as being "a pretty decent 10th-man on a 10-man staff." He also was a member of the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. He passed away at age 59 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He had been taking experimental drugs for a rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer in his bone marrow in the hopes that his cancer in remission so he could have a stem cell transplant. He accrued a lifetime record of 10 Wins-29 Losses, 108 Games Pitched, 40 Games Started, 1 Complete Game, 2 Saves, 321.3 Innings Pitched and a 4.57 career ERA.
Per his wife, his name is William Chris Zachary, and he was named after a war buddy of his father. (bio by: Frank Russo)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes to Buried at a Later Time
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 23, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7377114
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