John Tudor (baseball)

John Thomas Tudor (born February 2, 1954) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.

John Tudor
Born: February 2, 1954 (age 65)
Schenectady, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 16, 1979, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1990, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record117–72
Earned run average3.12
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Tudor was the oldest of three children born to Jean and Melton Tudor, an engineer.[1] Although born in the Capital District of New York, Tudor was raised in Peabody, Massachusetts and attended the city's Peabody High School where he played hockey and was once cut from the school's baseball team.[2][1]

Amateur career

Tudor began his college baseball career at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts where he was the team's best pitcher and hitter.[3] After two years at North Shore, Tudor wrote a letter to Georgia Southern University asking for the opportunity to walk on to their baseball program.[4] Tudor successfully made the Eagles roster as the team's fifth starting pitcher.[2] He graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.[5] Tudor was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 1976 MLB draft (secondary phase) from Georgia Southern.

Early career

Tudor debuted with the Red Sox on August 16, 1979. He spent some time in the minors in 1980 and was used as both a starter and reliever in 1981. He finally established himself as a member of the rotation in 1982, going 13-10 with a 3.63 ERA. After finishing 13-12 the following season, Tudor was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for designated hitter Mike Easler. After one year in Pittsburgh, in which he was 12-11 with a 3.27 ERA, he was sent to St. Louis as part of a deal for veteran outfielder George Hendrick. The Pirates received a career minor leaguer in the deal and sent catcher Brian Harper to the Cardinals.


Tudor's highlight was a spectacular 1985 season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Oddly enough, Tudor started that year with a 1-7 record and a 3.74 earned run average through May. He then went on a tear that has rarely been seen since by going 20-1 with a 1.37 ERA the rest of the season and lowering his overall ERA to 1.93. Tudor concluded the season by winning his last eleven decisions. Only the best season of Dwight Gooden's career stopped Tudor from winning the National League Cy Young Award and leading the league in ERA, wins and complete games. He was sixth in strikeouts for the year.

Moreover, Tudor's ten complete game shutouts in 1985 made him the only pitcher since Jim Palmer in 1975 to reach double-digits in that category. (Bob Gibson holds the Cardinal record with 13 in 1968). To make the achievement more impressive, his ten shutouts were all in the last four months of 1985. To date, Tudor is the last Major League player to record ten or more shutouts in a season. The most since then is eight, by Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser and Boston pitcher Roger Clemens in 1988.

The Cardinals were in the heat of a division race against Gooden and the New York Mets in September 1985. Tudor improved even more by starting the month with two consecutive shutouts and then pitched against Gooden himself in a legendary matchup on September 11. Gooden and Tudor locked horns pitch-for-pitch and the score was 0-0 after nine innings. Jesse Orosco took over for Gooden in the tenth inning and gave up a home run to César Cedeño. Tudor came back out in the bottom of the inning and finished the three-hit, ten-inning masterpiece for his third consecutive shutout of the month. After two sub-par performances, he pitched his fourth shutout of the month and then pitched another ten innings of shutout ball against the Mets' Ron Darling but the Mets turned the table and beat the Cardinals' bullpen in the eleventh inning.

Tudor's pitching propelled the Cardinals into the playoffs. He lost Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers but won Game 4 to even the series and St. Louis won 4 games to 2. Tudor was masterful in Game 1 of the 1985 World Series against the long-shot Kansas City Royals, and even better with a shutout in Game 4. However, he completely fell apart in Game 7, allowing five runs and four walks before being pulled in the third inning. The Royals rolled to an 11-0 victory for their first World Championship, and Tudor was saddled with the loss. Tudor was so upset by his performance in Game 7 that in a post-game tantrum he cut his pitching hand after punching an electrical fan.

After 1985

Tudor never matched his dominance of 1985. While still posting low ERAs, he never won more than 13 games. In 1987, he was again in the World Series but again lost with a chance to win the World Series. Injuries limited Tudor's playing time after 1985 and eventually ended his career. He was the victim of a freak accident in 1987 when the Mets' catcher Barry Lyons went into the Cardinals' dugout trying to catch a foul ball and crashed into Tudor (who wasn't even pitching in the game) breaking Tudor's leg. In 1988, Tudor was traded to the Dodgers despite having the league's best ERA. He pitched well again and won his only World Series ring for the 1988 World Series, but severely injured his elbow during the postseason. That injury caused him to miss almost all of 1989 and then retire despite a good comeback season (12-4, 2.40 ERA) in 1990.

Career Statistics

117 72 .619 3.12 281 263 50 16 7368 1797 1677 700 623 156 988 475 2.4 18 29 .974 .154 41

See also


  1. ^ a b Swift, E.M. (November 25, 1985). "Out To Show He's A Good Skate". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gammons, Peter (May 21, 1990). "How Long Can It Last?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Ryan, Bob (July 28, 1991). "Former major-league pitcher enjoys life with Intercity League team". Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ Schmitz, Brian (October 25, 1985). "Smith's Flips Are A-okay With Whitey Tudor Walked His Way At Georgia Southern". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  5. ^ "John Tudor Bio". Retrieved 15 February 2017.

External links

John Tudor

John Tudor may refer to:

John Tudor (minister) (1930–2009), English Methodist minister

John Tudor (footballer) (born 1946), English former player for several teams, most notably Newcastle United

John Tudor (baseball) (born 1954), American former pitcher in Major League Baseball

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (PVMHS), also known as Peabody High School, is a comprehensive public high school in Peabody, Massachusetts. It is the only comprehensive public high school in the Peabody School District, spanning grades 9–12 in the U.S. education system. It is particularly known for its performing arts program including its instrumental and choral ensembles and drama club.

Tudor (name)

The surname Tudor, within the United Kingdom, originates from the Welsh forename Tudur, Old Welsh Tutir, the Welsh equivalent of Gaulish Toutorix and Germanic Theodoric, which was conflated with Tewdwr, Tewdr, the Welsh equivalent of Theodore. Tudor is also a common given name in Romanian, not equivalent to Theodore. Tudor can also be a surname in Romanian.

The English royal dynasty, the House of Tudor (descended from the Welsh Tudors of Penmynydd), including prominent members:

Owen Tudor (Welsh: Owain ap Maredudd ap Tewdwr), lover or possibly second husband of Catherine of Valois, and grandfather of King Henry VII

Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois, father of King Henry VII

Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford, second son of Owen and Catherine and brother of Edmund, uncle of King Henry VII

Arthur Tudor, eldest son of King Henry VII (predeceased his father)

Margaret Tudor, Queen Consort of Scotland, eldest daughter of King Henry VII

Mary Tudor, Queen of France, latterly Mary Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, second daughter of King Henry VII

Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset, third son of King Henry VIITudor, as a surname, may also refer to:

Adrian Tudor, a Romanian basketball player

Alex Tudor, an English cricketer

Alexandru Tudor, a Romanian football referee

Antony Tudor, a British choreographer

Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a Romanian politician

Cristian Tudor, a Romanian footballer

David Tudor, an American pianist

Edward Tudor-Pole, a British singer

Fran Tudor, a Croatian football (soccer) player

Frank Tudor, an Australian politician

Frederic Tudor (1783–1864), an American entrepreneur known as Boston's "Ice King"

Henri Tudor, a Luxembourgian industrialist and inventor

Henry Hugh Tudor, a British soldier, later police chief in Ireland and then Palestine

Igor Tudor, a Croatian football (soccer) player

Joel Tudor, an American longboard surfer

John Tudor (footballer), an English football (soccer) player

John Tudor (baseball), an American baseball player

Larissa Tudor (d. 1926), a British woman who appeared strikingly similar to Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia but never actually claimed to be the former grand duchess. Many people who knew Larissa strongly suspected that she was the former grand duchess of Russia.

Luka Tudor (b. 1969), a Chilean football (soccer) player

Richard Tudor (born 1948), English cricketer

Sandu Tudor, a Romanian poet and monk

Shane Tudor (b. 1982), an English football (soccer) player

Tasha Tudor (1915–2008), an American illustrator and author of children's books

William Tudor (1750–1819), an Attorney-at-Law who served as Representative of Boston in the Massachusetts General Court, State Senator, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and was a founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society

William Tudor (1779–1830), a leading literary figure in Boston and cofounder of the North American Review and the Boston Athenaeum

Will Tudor (b. 1987), an English actorAs a given name:

Tudor Arghezi (1880–1967), Romanian poet and writer, major Romanian literary figure

Tudor Evans, British politician

Tudor Ganea (1922–1971), Romanian mathematician

Tudor Gates (1930–2007), English screenwriter and trade unionist

Tudor Gunasekara (born 1935), Sri Lankan politician and diplomat

Paul Tudor Jones (born 1954), founder of the Tudor Investment Corporation hedge fund

Tudor Măinescu (1892–1977), Romanian poet and writer

Tudor Ratiu (born 1950), Romanian-American mathematician

Tudor Tănăsescu (1901–1961), Romanian engineer

Tudor Vladimirescu (c.1780–1821), Romanian revolutionary hero


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