Buddy Kerr: New York Giants Record Setting Short Stop (1941- 1951) & Former Mets Scout (1975- 2000)
John Joseph Kerr known as Buddy, was born November 6, 1922 in Astoria, Queens New York. Kerr's family moved to Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, where he grew up. It was a short subway ride away to the Polo Grounds when he rooted for the New York Giants. His idol was Hall of Famer, Mel Ott.
In 1941 he was signed by the hometown Giants and played at their minor league, Jersey City team at shortstop. In September 8th, 1942 he debuted with the Giants & would play for his idol, Mel Ott who was the Giants manager. Kerr hit a HR in his first MLB at bat.
In 1948 the Giants replaced Mel Ott with Leo Durocher. Durocher never got along with Kerr.
The trade turned out to be a good one for the Giants, as those two players would have big roles in
the 1950’s Giants success. Kerr batted .227 his first season in Boston but fell to just .186 in 1951, then retired after the season.
In a nine year career he hit .249 with 903 hits 145 doubles 25 triples 31 HRs & 333 RBIs. With his glove he turned 548 double plays, posting a .967 fielding % with 2045 put outs in 1038 games at shot stop.