Bud Harrelson

Derrel McKinley "Bud" Harrelson (born June 6, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He is a coach and part-owner for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers from 1965 to 1980. After retiring, he served as a coach for the World Champion 1986 Mets, and as manager of the Mets in 1990 and 1991. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. Harrelson is the only person to take part in both of the Mets' World Series championships; he won in 1969 as a player and in 1986 as a coach.

Bud Harrelson
Bud Harrelson 1986
Harrelson with the New York Mets
Born: June 6, 1944 (age 75)
Niles, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1965, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.236
Home runs7
Runs batted in267
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

New York Mets

Harrelson anchored the Mets' infield for thirteen seasons, including their 1969 season, and 1973 pennant-winning season. Harrelson was typical of shortstops of his era: good fielder, poor hitter. He had a lifetime batting average of .236 and hit a total of seven home runs during his fifteen-year major league career, but had a lifetime .969 fielding percentage, and won a Gold Glove at his position in 1971. He was a National League All-Star in 1970 and received Most Valuable Player Award consideration despite batting only .243 for the season.

Amazin' Mets

On May 28, 1969, after a five-game losing streak that saw the Mets fall into fourth place in the newly aligned National League East, Jerry Koosman and the San Diego Padres' Clay Kirby engaged in a pitchers' duel at Shea Stadium. After nine scoreless innings by Kirby and ten by Koosman, the game was turned over to the bullpens for extra innings. The game finally ended after eleven innings when Harrelson hit a single to drive in Cleon Jones.[1] This led to an eleven-game winning streak that brought them back into second place, seven games back of the Chicago Cubs. Before the streak, the Mets' record was 18-23; they went 82-39 over the rest of the season.

On September 10 the Mets swept a double header against the Montreal Expos. Coupled with a loss by the Cubs, the Mets jumped into first place for the first time in franchise history. On September 24, the New York Mets clinched the NL East with a 6-0 victory over Steve Carlton and the St. Louis Cardinals.[2] The Mets won 38 of their last 50 games, and finished the season with 100 wins against 62 losses, eight games over the second place Cubs. For his part, Harrelson batted .248 with no home runs, 24 runs batted in and 42 runs scored. He had a .969 fielding percentage in 119 games at shortstop.

1969 postseason

Harrelson had only two hits in the 1969 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, however, they were a go-ahead triple in the fourth inning of the first game,[3] and an RBI double in game two of the Mets' three game sweep.[4]

Fight with Pete Rose

Harrelson's light hitting became the subject of controversy during the 1973 National League Championship Series. Mets starter Jon Matlack held the Cincinnati Reds to two hits in his 5-0 complete game victory in game two of the series at Riverfront Stadium.[5] Following the game, Harrelson commented, "He made the Big Red Machine look like me hitting today."[6]

Inadvertently providing the Reds with bulletin board material, Harrelson was confronted by Reds second baseman Joe Morgan during pregame warm-ups for game three. During this confrontation, he received the warning that 1973 batting champion Pete Rose was unhappy with the quote.

In the fifth inning, Morgan hit a double play ball to Mets first baseman John Milner with Rose on first. Whether Rose slid hard into second attempting to break up the double play or if Harrelson was overly sensitive due to the warning he received is a matter of debate. Regardless, a fight between the two erupted, resulting in a bench-clearing brawl. The game was nearly called off when, after the Reds took the field, the Shea Stadium crowd threw objects from the stands at Rose, causing Reds manager Sparky Anderson to pull his team off the field until order was restored. Mets Manager Yogi Berra and players Willie Mays, Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, and Rusty Staub were actually summoned by NL President Chub Feeney out to left field to calm the fans.[7]

When order was restored, the Mets went on to defeat the Reds handily in game three by a score of 9-2. Although the Reds forced a deciding game five when Pete Rose hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning of game 4, the Mets ultimately won the pennant after the game five win.

Phillies and Rangers

After reacquiring former #1 overall pick Tim Foli, the Mets dealt Harrelson to the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the start of the 1978 season. Rose and Harrelson actually became teammates when Rose signed with the Phillies as a free agent prior to the start of the 1979 season. After two seasons with the Phillies, Harrelson spent one season with the Texas Rangers before retiring.

In 1986, Harrelson was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.[8]

Post playing career

After his retirement, Harrelson managed the Little Falls Mets in 1984 and the Columbia Mets in 1985. When Mets third base coach Bobby Valentine accepted a managerial position with the Texas Rangers part way through the 1985 season, Harrelson replaced him on Davey Johnson's coaching staff.

Harrelson was a coach with the Mets during their 1986 World Series championship season, and eventually replaced Johnson following his dismissal as Mets manager 42 games into the 1990 season. He led the Mets to their seventh consecutive winning season, finishing at 91-71 and earning another season as manager. Although the Mets were contenders for most of the first half of the 1991 season and were as close as 2.5 games behind the eventual division winning Pittsburgh Pirates, the team collapsed in the second half and Harrelson was fired with a week remaining in the season and replaced by his third base coach, Mike Cubbage. His second season ended with a 74-80 record; the Mets finished at 77-84, one-half game behind the fourth place Chicago Cubs.

During the 1990 season, Harrelson hosted his own radio show called The Bud Harrelson Report in New York on then-Mets flagship station WFAN but ended it prematurely early in the 1991 season because Harrelson felt some of Howie Rose's questions he posed to him were too negative.[9]

Personal life

Harrelson was born on D-Day: June 6, 1944. He grew up in Hayward, California, where he attended Sunset High School, graduating in 1962.[10][11] He married his first wife, Yvonne, on December 17, 1965. They later divorced, and Harrelson married Kim Battaglia in 1975. Bud's children are Kimberly, Jessica, Timothy, Alexandra, Kassandra, and Troy Joseph.[12] He appeared as himself in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond along with several other members of the 1969 Mets.[13] Harrelson has resided in Hauppauge, New York, and, in 2000, became co-owner, Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations and first base coach of the Long Island Ducks, an unaffiliated minor league baseball team. Harrelson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.[14]


  1. ^ "New York Mets 1, San Diego Padres 0". Baseball-reference.com. 1969-05-28.
  2. ^ "New York Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0". Baseball-reference.com. 1969-09-24.
  3. ^ "1969 National League Championship Series, Game One". Baseball-reference.com. 1969-10-04.
  4. ^ "1969 National League Championship Series, Game Two". Baseball-reference.com. 1969-10-05.
  5. ^ "1973 National League Championship Series, Game Two". Baseball-reference.com. 1973-10-07.
  6. ^ Doyle, Al (2005). "Bud Harrelson: the game I'll never forget". Baseball Digest. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  7. ^ James, Bill (2003-04-06). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. p. 643. ISBN 0743227220.
  8. ^ 2010 Mets Yearbook P. 196
  9. ^ Anderson, Dave (April 28, 1991). "Sports of The Times; The Mets' Three Managers". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2018. Bud Harrelson, the sensitive incumbent, has canceled his pre-game WFAN radio show because he believes some of announcer Howie Rose's questions were too negative.
  10. ^ Thomas, Robert McG. Jr. (May 30, 1990). "A Crowd Pleaser, Harrelson Has a Bit of Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  11. ^ "The New Generation at Shortstop" by Charles Dexter, from Baseball Digest, September 1967, page 5
  12. ^ Bud Harrelson at the SABR Bio Project, by Eric Aron, retrieved 2013-07-18
  13. ^ "Big Shots". Everybody Loves Raymond. 1999-03-01.
  14. ^ Klapisch, Bob (February 9, 2018). "Mets legend Buddy Harrelson is in the fight of his life: Alzheimer's". New York Post. New York Post. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

External links

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 41st midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on the evening of July 14, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League, and resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL.This was the first MLB All-Star Game ever played at night, coinciding with prime time in the Eastern United States. (The previous year's All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played at night, but it was rained out and played the following afternoon.) Every All-Star Game since 1970 has been played at night.

Riverfront Stadium had barely been open two weeks when it hosted its first All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cincinnati Reds twice before (1938 and 1953) when their home park was Crosley Field. The Reds would host one more All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in 1988. So close was the opening of the stadium and the scheduled exhibition game, that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did not confirm that the game would "definitely" be played in Cincinnati until June 1. Atlanta was the alternative site.Undeniably, the most remembered moment of the game was the final run, scored in the bottom of the twelfth by Pete Rose. The ball was relayed to the American League catcher, Ray Fosse, in time to tag Rose out, but the tenacious Rose bowled Fosse over. Both players were injured, Fosse enough to drop the ball, giving Rose credit for the game-winning run.

1972 New York Mets season

The 1972 New York Mets season was the 11th regular season for the Mets, who played home games at Shea Stadium. Led by manager Yogi Berra, the team had an 83–73 record and finished in third place in the National League's Eastern Division.

1973 National League Championship Series

The 1973 National League Championship Series was played between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds from October 6 to 10. New York won the series three games to two and advanced to the World Series, where they lost to the Oakland A's in what was the second of three straight world championships for Oakland. The Mets set a record for lowest win percentage by a pennant winner, finishing the regular season with an 82–79 record. However, most of the season was plagued by the injury jinx to their key players. In September they finally got healthy and just in time for the playoffs. The Mets' victory has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in MLB history, as they dominated the heavily favored Big Red Machine.

The 1973 NLCS was marked by a fight that broke out in the fifth inning of the third game, beginning with a tussle between Cincinnati's Pete Rose and New York's Bud Harrelson at second base. Players from both sides joined in a general melee that lasted for several minutes and set off rowdy fan behavior at Shea Stadium in New York. Photographs of the fight, autographed by Rose and Harrelson, are now available at a number of Internet sites.

This was the only NLCS between 1970 and 1980 not to feature either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, from 1969 to 1980 The NL East champion was either the Mets, Phillies or Pirates.

1973 New York Mets season

The 1973 New York Mets season was the 12th regular season for the Mets, who played home games at Shea Stadium. Manager Yogi Berra led the team to a National League East title with an 82–79 record, the National League pennant and a defeat by the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. Their .509 winning percentage is the lowest of any pennant-winner in major league history as of 2017. The season was well known for pitcher Tug McGraw's catchphrase "Ya Gotta Believe!!!"

1974 New York Mets season

The 1974 New York Mets season was the 13th regular season for the Mets, who played home games at Shea Stadium. Led by manager Yogi Berra, the team finished the season with a record of 71–91, placing fifth in the National League East. This was the first time the Mets had a losing season since 1968.

1985 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1985 season was the 24th regular season for the Mets. They went 98-64 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played their home games at Shea Stadium.

1990 New York Mets season

The 1990 New York Mets season was the 29th regular season for the Mets. They went 91-71 and finished second in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1991 Major League Baseball season

The 1991 Major League Baseball season saw the Minnesota Twins defeat the Atlanta Braves for the World Series title, in a series where every game was won by the home team.

1991 New York Mets season

The 1991 New York Mets season was the 30th regular season for the Mets. They went 77-84 and finished fifth in the National League East for their first losing season since 1983. They were managed by Bud Harrelson and Mike Cubbage. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

An interesting note is that two Mets home games against the Cardinals were cancelled on August 19 and 20 due to the Crown Heights riot; this puts the 1991 Mets, alongside the 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2015 Baltimore Orioles to have games affected due to riots.

Billy Sorrell

Billy Lee Sorrell (October 14, 1940 – July 22, 2008) was an American professional baseball third baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (1965), San Francisco Giants (1967), and Kansas City Royals (1970).

Sorrell was the 10,000th player in MLB history. Baseball Reference lists each of Sorrell, Darrell Osteen, Bud Harrelson and Dick Selma, all of whom made their major league debuts on September 2, 1965, as the major leagues' 9,998th player. The same source notes that Harrelson (9,998) and Selma (9,999) made their debut for the New York Mets in a game that ended at 4:56 PM; Sorrell (10,000) made his debut as the next-to-last batter in a game in Philadelphia that ended at 6:19 PM; and Osteen (10,001) made his debut in a game in Cincinnati that started at 8:05.

Columbia Mets

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the Columbia Mets were affiliated with the New York Mets from 1983 to 1992. A member of the South Atlantic League, they became the Capital City Bombers in 1993. They played in Capital City Stadium.

Don McCormack

Donald Ross McCormack (born September 18, 1955 in Omak, Washington) is a former professional baseball player and coach. He was a fourth round draft pick in the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft, by the Philadelphia Phillies. On September 30, 1980, the 25-year-old McCormack made his major league debut with the Phillies. However, he would end up playing only 5 games total in the majors (in 1980 and 1981 with the Phillies), while spending most of nine years playing in the minor leagues in the Philadelphia and Detroit Tigers farm systems.

McCormack went on to manage the Reading Phillies (AA Eastern League) and is currently the bench coach of the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League).In September 2005, McCormack reached a milestone, posting his 800th win as a manager. The Ducks' manager position was taken over by Dave LaPoint, a former major league pitcher, on November 28, 2006. Bud Harrelson later took his place. As a result of this transition, McCormack became the team's bench coach.

Fred Andrews (baseball)

Fred Andrews (born May 4, 1952) is an American former professional baseball player. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball, 1976 and 1977, for the Philadelphia Phillies, primarily as a second baseman. On March 24, 1978, Andrews was traded to the Mets organization for infielder Bud Harrelson and played the 1978 season on their Tidewater Tides team in the AAA International League.

John Boozer

John Morgan Boozer (July 6, 1938 – January 24, 1986) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1962–64 and 1966–69). Boozer has the distinction of being one of only four Major League Baseball players to be ejected from a game for violation of the spitball rule (the others were Nels Potter in 1944, Phil Regan later in 1968, and Gaylord Perry in 1982).The ejection occurred on May 2, 1968, when Boozer, having entered the game for the Phillies in relief of Woody Fryman, with his team trailing 3 to 0 to the host New York Mets, repeatedly touched his fingers to his mouth during warm-ups for the bottom of the seventh inning. Home-plate umpire Ed Vargo gave Boozer two warnings, calling a ball to batter Bud Harrelson three times — the last resulting in the pitcher’s ejection, along with the ejection of Phillies’ manager, Gene Mauch.Boozer attended Wofford College and also played in the Puerto Rico Baseball Winter League in 1961, 1962, and 1963 with the Ponce Lions. He was teammates with Nelson Briles and Steve Carlton. He contributed to a championship for the Ponce Lions in 1963. He was popular among local fans as he was always joking and making fun of himself on and off the field. He entertained kids and dressed as a clown during an all-star game.

In seven Major League seasons, he tallied a 14–16 W–L record, 171 games pitched (22 as a starter — three of which he completed), a 4.09 ERA, and recorded 15 saves.

After retiring from baseball, Boozer returned to Lexington, South Carolina, where he founded the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission.

Boozer died in Lexington at the age of 47 from lymphoma. He is buried in the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Long Island Ducks

The Long Island Ducks are an American professional baseball team based on Long Island in the Suffolk County town of Central Islip, New York. The Ducks compete in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) as a member of the Liberty Division. The ALPB is an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They are the only team in the league to be based in New York. The Long Island Ducks played their first season in 2000, two years after the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball played its inaugural season in 1998. The Ducks' home ballpark has been Bethpage Ballpark since their inception in 2000. Throughout its history, the stadium has formerly been known as Suffolk County Sports Park (1999), EAB Park (2000-2001), and Citibank Park (2002-2009). The "Ducks" name refers to Long Island's duck-farming heritage, which is further represented by the Big Duck ferrocement. The Big Duck is also located in Suffolk County in the hamlet of Flanders, New York.The Ducks set the independent league baseball single-season attendance record at the time by welcoming 443,142 fans during the 2001 season. This surpassed the previous record of 436,361 fans which the team had also set in 2000. The Ducks reached the 5 million fan mark in attendance in July 2011 and welcomed their Atlantic League record 6 millionth fan in mid-2014.

Bud Harrelson, a 1971 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, is a part-owner of the Ducks. He was the first manager of the team following a stint as the New York Mets manager.

Mathematically Alive

Mathematically Alive: A Story of Fandom is an award-winning 2007 documentary film about fans of the New York Mets. Directed, produced and edited by Katherine Foronjy and Joseph Coburn, the film follows a wide variety of fans over the course of the 2005 and 2006 baseball seasons, culminating in an exciting 7 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Mathematically Alive shows the emotional attachment that fans develop for their team and how it can be the source of great joy or tremendous sadness. In addition to the hundreds of fans interviewed for the film, Coburn and Foronjy also caught up with former Mets players Bud Harrelson, Ron Swoboda, Ed Charles, Tim Teuffel and legendary broadcaster Ralph Kiner. The filmmakers also interviewed Dr. Daniel Wann, a sports psychology professor at Murray State University, who explains many of the psychological characteristics sports fans share. Of particular focus in the film are a group of female Mets fans whose favorite player is former catcher Mike Piazza. They wait for his arrival outside the Shea stadium parking lot on game days, and travelled around the country to see him play even when he was no longer a player on the Mets.

Roy Partee

Roy Robert Partee (September 7, 1917 – December 27, 2000) was a Major League Baseball catcher. Listed at 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 180 lb (82 kg), Partee was nicknamed the "Little Round Man." He is likely best remembered as the man behind the plate for Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in game seven of the 1946 World Series and as the New York Mets scout responsible for signing Bud Harrelson, Tug McGraw, Rick Aguilera and Greg Jeffries, among others.

Sam Perlozzo

Samuel Benedict Perlozzo (born March 4, 1951) is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball, most recently with the Baltimore Orioles.

USA Thursday Game of the Week

The USA Thursday Game of the Week is a former television program that broadcast Major League Baseball games on the USA Network. The network no longer airs sporting events. Sister network NBC Sports Network is the primary cable outlet of NBC Sports.

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