Jul 19, 2015

Mid Sixties Mets Relief Pitcher: Gordie Richardson (1965-1966)

Gordon Clark Richardson was born on July 19, 1938 in Colquitt, Georgia. The six foot tall lefty, was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957. 

He won double figures in the minor leagues from 1961-1963 at AA Tulsa, with a best 13 victories in 1962. 

He made his MLB debut with the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, on July 26th. That day Gordie pitched the only complete game of his career, as he beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1, 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, making 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 with the Mets on July 9th 1965 at Shea Stadium, pitching in relief of Jack Fisher in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. He earned his first save on July 31st coming in Philadelphia against the Phillies. 

His second win was a 6.2 inning performance in relief of Fisher again, this time against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gordie would pitch in 35 games out of the Mets bullpen, going 2-2 with two saves and a 3.78 ERA.

In 1966 he was 0-2 allowing 14 earned runs over his last four outings, a total of 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 & 37 walks in 118 innings pitched, with a lifetime 4.04 ERA.

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