Bud Harrelson was born on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, in Niles, California. Harrelson was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 2, 1965, with the New York Mets. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bud Harrelson baseball stats page.
"After a two-year minor league stint with Salinas and a year in Buffalo, (Bud) Harrelson got that first cup of coffee late in the 1965 season. The Mets were playing the Braves in Milwaukee. County Stadium wasn't exactly packed. The Mets were closing in on 100 losses for the fourth consecutive year since their inception, and the Braves were playing out the string before relocating to Atlanta in 1966. But there was the new kid at shortstop, all 147 pounds of him, chasing a foul pop-up down the third base line, jumping over the tarp, and making the catch in the stands. By his own account, his heart was beating out of his chest. Onlookers like Hank Aaron and Joe Torre may have wondered why the kid was treating it like a World Series. But the Series was where he was headed. Roy McMillan would stay on a little longer as the starting shortstop, and Harrelson would head down to Jacksonville for most of the next season. But the changing of the guard officially began with that play." - Author Bill Staples in Before the Glory: 20 Baseball Heroes Talk About Growing Up and Turning Hard Times into Home Runs (HCI Publishing, 03/01/2007, 'Bud Harrelson', Page 57)
Bud Harrelson Autograph on a 1977 Topps Baseball Card (#44 | Checklist )
Bud Harrelson Pitching Stats
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Bud Harrelson Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1974 New York Mets||3||$75,000.00||-||-|
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|1976 New York Mets||3||$75,000.00||-||-|
|1977 New York Mets||3||$80,000.00||-||-|
|1978 Philadelphia Phillies||14||$90,000.00||-||-|
|1979 Philadelphia Phillies||15||Undetermined||-||-|
|1980 Texas Rangers||7||Undetermined||-||-|
|Bud Harrelson Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Did you know when Bud Harrelson won the Gold Glove Award at Shortstop in 1971, he was the first New York Met to ever receive the honor? The next Met to win it at short was Rey Ordonez , 26 years later. The duo, through today, are the only two Mets shortstops with a Gold Glove .
During the 1973 National League Championship Series, Mets starting pitcher Jon Matlack held the Cincinnati Reds to two hits in his 5-0 complete game victory in Game 2 of the LCS at Riverfront Stadium. A postgame comment set the stage for one of the most famous fights in baseball history. Baseball historian Eric Aron, in his Bud Harrelson biography (SABR Baseball Biography Project, 'Bud Harrelson', Link ), described how it all started:
..asked by reporters about the way the Reds had hit in the game ( Box Score Joe Morgan n grabbed Bud by his uniform shirt and said, If you ever say something like that about me again, I'll punch you out! Morgan told Harrelson, Pete ( Rose ) is going to use this to get the club fired up. If he has a chance, he is going to come and get you at second.
The game was so far gone that Reds relief pitcher Roger Nelson batted for himself and fanned to start the fifth against Koosman. Batting second was Rose , who singled to center. The next hitter was Morgan , who hit a ground ball to Milner at first base. Milner scooped up the ball and threw to Harrelson at second, who fired back to Milner to complete the double play. In the process, Rose had slid hard into second, hitting Bud with his elbow. The 160-pound shortstop then said to the man 40 pounds heavier, That was a cheap fucking shot. Rose said, What did you say? and Harrelson repeated the words, after which Rose grabbed Bud and pinned him to the ground. The first to come out to join the fracas was Mets third baseman Wayne Garrett . Next came the Reds coaches and then seconds later both benches cleared and the bullpens charged in.
Immediately after the dust had seemed to settle, there was another brief altercation between a Red and a Met. Mets reliever Buzz Capra was struck by Reds reliever Pedro Borbon . After that fight was broken up, players from both sides put on their caps. Borbon put on what another teammate told him was a Mets cap. Borbon , who earned the nickname Dracula after another incident in 1974, took off the cap and bit a hole in it with his teeth.
Harrelson was left with a bruise over his eye, which he said came from having his sunglasses broken. Neither Rose nor Harrelson was ejected and that was a mistake. The game was nearly called after the Reds took the field in the bottom of the inning. Rose had taken left field when an array of objects were thrown his way, including a whiskey bottle. Manager Sparky Anderson took his team off the field as the game was delayed for 20 minutes. National League president Chub Feeney, who after conferring with the six umpires, the commissioner, and both teams, decided to send out players from the Mets dugout to restore order. It was only after Willie Mays , ( Tom ) Seaver , Staub, Cleon Jones , and Yogi Berra came out to the field to try to calm the fans that play was resumed.
Being a little guy, I always wore a Superman T-shirt under my jersey, Harrelson said. When the reporters came over after the game, I taped (an X) over the Superman logo and said, It looks like Pete had a load of kryptonite today.
Bud Harrelson / Pete Rose Fight | 1973 National League Championship Series
In 1970, Bud Harrelson set a new National League record for consecutive errorless games played at shortstop during a season when he strung together a fifty-four game streak. That record is held today by another New York Met - Rey Ordonez , who appeared had one-hundred errorless games in a row in 1999 (ten shy of the Major League record set by Mike Bordick in 2002).