Jesse Hudson: 1969 Amazing Mets Pitcher That Made Just One Appearance (1969)
Jesse James Hudson was born July 22, 1948 in Mansfield Louisiana. The tall left hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round of the 1967 draft.
In the Rookie league in 1967 he was an impressive 7-1 with a 2.07 ERA, moving up to AA in 1968. He went 11-13 between Mankato & the Visalia Mets that season.
In 1969 he was 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA at A ball Pompano Beach, moving up to AA Memphis where he was 3-2 with a 1.38 ERA. It was tough to crack the 1969 staff the tall lefty managed to get into one game, the only MLB appearance of his career.
On September 19th, 1969, Hudson made his debut. He faced ten batters, in the last two innings of an 8-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
|Hudson with Pitching Coach Rube Walker|
Jesse was pitching at AAA Tidewater in 1970 putting up a 2.86 ERA going 6-7 with the Tides, on a staff led by Jon Matlack (12-11). He finished his career after the season at age 22.
2019: During the 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1969 team, the Wilpon ownership screwed up once again. The Mets wrongly put a notice on the Citi Field scoreboard that Jesse Hudson & team mate Jim Gosger were both deceased. Hudson remarked- “No, I didn’t see that, I haven’t heard that I was deceased.”
“I was just glad I was just able to be a part of that back in 1969,” he said. “It was just really exciting to be there with the pro ballplayers, and also with the manager Gil Hodges and the rest of the staff.”