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Bud Harrelson
Born: June 6, 1944 (1944-06-06) (age 65)
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
Career statistics
Batting average     .236
Hits     1,120
Stolen bases     127

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Derrel McKinley "Bud" Harrelson (born June 6, 1944, Niles, California) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who 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 1982.


New York Mets

Harrelson anchored the Mets' infield for thirteen seasons, including their 1969 season, and Mets' 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 fielding percentage of .969. He was a National League All-Star in 1970 and finished 20th in the NL Most Valuable Player balloting despite batting only .243 for the season.

Amazin' Mets

On May 28, 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.

On September 10 the Mets swept a double header against the Montreal Expos. Coupled with a loss by the Cubs, the Mets jump into first place for the first time in franchise history. On September 24, facing Steve Carlton and the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets clinched the NL East as Donn Clendenon hit two home runs in a 6-0 Mets victory.[2] The Mets won 39 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 short.

1969 World Series

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]

The Mets were heavy underdogs heading into the World Series against the mighty Baltimore Orioles, and following a 4-1 loss in the series opener with Cy Young award winning pitcher Tom Seaver on the mound,[5] it seemed as if the Mets had little chance against the Orioles.

This was not the case, as the Mets won the second game of the series in Baltimore.[6] Though he batted just .176 in the 1969 World Series, Harrelson made one of several brilliant fielding plays that were key to the Mets' five game World Series victory.

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. Following the game, Harrelson commented, "He made the Big Red Machine look like me hitting today."[7]

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 less than thrilled 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.[8]

Phillies & 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 free agents 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 1982, he was inducted into the New York Mets' Hall of Fame.

Managerial career with the New York Mets

Following Davey Johnson's dismissal as Mets manager 42 games into the 1990 season Harrelson was named manager of the Mets. Harrelson amassed a 145-129 record, but was fired before the end of the 1991 season, with only seven games left to the season.

During the 1991 season, Harrelson hosted his own radio show in New York but ended it prematurely during the season because of the team's poor record.

Long Island Ducks

Harrelson is currently the co-owner, Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations and first base coach of the Long Island Ducks, an unaffiliated minor league baseball team.

Personal life

Harrelson currently resides in Hauppauge, New York.

Preceded by
Davey Johnson
New York Mets
Succeeded by
Mike Cubbage


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