May 1, 2016

One Of Two Players To Have Played With Both the New York Giants (1956-1957) & New York Mets (1966-1967) : Eddie Bressoud

Eddie Francis Bressoud was born May 2, 1932 in Los Angeles California. The six foot right hand hitting infielder was originally signed by the New York Giants in 1950.

He spent 1953-1954 serving in the military during the Korean war conflict. He returned to AAA Minneapolis in 1955 where he hit a minor league career best 19 HRs while batting .251 with 74 RBIs.

In 1956 he arrived in the big leagues with the New York Giants, appearing in 49 games batting .227 with nine RBIs. He spent the next season with the Giants as Daryl Spencer’s back up at short stop, which was the teams last year in New York where he hit .268 hitting 5 HRs with ten RBIs. He moved with the team to San Francisco playing four years there as a Giant.

In 1958 he kept his role as the back up short stop, taking over as the teams main short stop in 1959. That year he posted a .974 fielding % (4th best in the league) while batting .251 hitting 9 HRs with 17 doubles & 26 RBIs.

By 1960 he lost his job to Jose Pagan & appeared mostly as a pinch hitter, batting just .211. Later that year he was picked up by the Houston Colt 45s in the expansion draft. He never got to play in Houston as he was soon traded to the Boston Red Sox for Don Buddin. At Fenway Park he became the Red Sox main shortstop, having some good years there. He was a good pull hitter & found success in Fenway Park, hitting off the Green Monster.

In his first season in Boston he banged 40 doubles (4th in the league) off the Monster with a career high 68 RBIs & nine triples (5th most in the league) batting .277. At short he led the league in errors (28) & his 118 strike outs were second most in the AL. In 1963 he had career highs with 20 HRs & 60 RBIs batting .260 with 23 doubles. In 1964 he made the All Star team but did not play in the Mid Summer Classic held at Shea Stadium.

That season he hit a career best .293 with a .373 on base %, 41 doubles (2nd in the league) 15 HRs & 55 RBIs. The next season, his average fell to .226 & with the arrival of Rico Petrocelli, his Red Sox career was soon over. In November of 1965 he was traded to the New York Mets for Joe Christopher.

trivia: Bressoud & Willie Mays are the only players to have played with both the NY Giants & NY Mets.

He was the Mets main short stop in 1966 playing 94 games there posting a .960 fielding percentage. He has the distinction of manning the short stop position just before Bud Harrelson would take it over for the next decade.

Overall the versatile infielder Bressoud played in 133 games, with 32 games at third base & a handful of games at both second & first base. He led the team in walks (47) & triples (5). His ten HRs were third best on the club & would be the most by a Mets shortstop until Kevin Elster came along in 1989.

On June 10th he hit two HRs & drove in four of the Mets five runs in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium. On June 15th he hit a three run HR helping beat the Braves in Atlanta 5-4. Two days later he hit another three run HR against the Cincinnati Reds, helping the Mets to a 6-5 win in the first game of a double header. In the second game he drove in two more runs, helping the Mets beat the Reds 2-1.

On July 3rd he hit a grand slam HR off Pittsburgh's Bob Veale at Shea Stadium, although the Mets still lost 8-7. That week he drove in runs in four straight games. Overall on the season Bressoud batted .225 with 10 HRs 15 doubles 5 triples 49 RBIs a .304 on base % and 107 strike outs (10th in the league).

At the end of Spring Training 1967 he was traded along with Danny Napoleon to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jerry Buchek, Art Mahaffey and Tony Martinez. He would spend his last season on the 1967 World Champion Cardinals making two brief appearances in the Fall Classic.

In his twelve year career Bressoud was a lifetime .252 hitter with 925 hits 94 HRs 184 doubles 40 triples & 365 RBIs playing in 1186 games.

Retirement: After baseball he graduated from UCLA becoming a physical education teacher & baseball coach at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.

Honors: In 2008 he was on hand in San Francisco as the Giants honored players from their past, on the team’s 50th Anniversary of moving West.

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