Happy Birthday, Jesse Hudson

Jesse HudsonHappy Birthday to Jesse Hudson, who pitched two innings for the 1969 New York Mets.  As I have noted before, I followed New York pitchers closely since the newspapers I was reading offered extensive coverage of the Mets – especially in 1969.  Jesse came in to pitch the eighth inning with the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead 7-0.  He got the first MLB batter he faced, Jerry May, to hit a grounder to the mound, which he tossed to Donn Clendenon for his first out.  Then he walked Fred Patek.  The Bucs pitcher, Luke Walker, hit another grounder to the pitcher, which Jesse threw to Bobby Pfeil for the force at second.  Luke moved to second on Matty Alou’s single, and scored on a double by Dave Cash.  With Matty at third, Jesse struck out Willie Stargell to end the inning.  In the ninth, Jesse began the inning by striking out Johnny Jeter and retiring Al Oliver on a flyball to Tommie Agee in left.  He walked Richie Hebner, but ended the inning by striking out Jerry May.  And that, my friends, was Jesse Hudson’s major league career.  He never pitched in a MLB game again.

One comment

  1. Lynn

    Jesse went to the same school in Mansfield La as A’s pitcher Vida Blue. I think Jesse was maybe a year ahead of Vida. Jesse hurt his shoulder and never played again. He is now retired from International Paper and living in Mansfield.


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