Jul 21, 2012

Former Sixties Mets Pitcher: Gordon Richardson (1965-1966)

Gordon Clark Richardson was born on July 19, 1938 in Colquitt, Georgia. The tall lefty was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957, and won double figure in the minor leagues from 1961-1963.

He made his debut with the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals pitching the only complete game shut out of his career beating the Philadelphia Phillies who were in first place at the time. He pitched as both starter & reliever in 19 games that season, going 4-2 with a save and a 2.30 ERA. He made two brief appearances in the World Series but got roughed up for three runs in 2/3 of an inning putting his official World Series ERA at 40.50. In the off season he was traded along with Johnny Lewis to the New York Mets for Elio Chacon and Tracy Stallard.

Richardson debuted on July 9th 1965 at Shea Stadium pitching in relief against the Houston Astros. He earned his first save on July 31st in Philadelphia. would pitch in 35 games out of the Meta bullpen going 2-2 with two saves and a 3.78 ERA. His second win was a 6.2 inning performance in relief of Jack Fisher against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 1966 he was 0-2 allowing 14 earned runs in his last four outings covering just two full innings pitched. His ERA skyrocketed to 9.16 in June he was shipped back down to the minors, never seeing MLB action again.

He finished up his three year career at 6-6 with four saves, 86 strike outs in 118 innings pitched & a lifetime 4.04 ERA.

1 comment:

Charlie O' said...

Richardson was the fourth and final
Mets player to wear number 41
before Tom Seaver's debut in 1967.