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Jerry Buchek
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 386 of 981 players
Buchek
Gerald Peter Buchek
Born: May 9, 1942 at St. Louis, Mo.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 185

2b 3b of ss

First Mets game: April 11, 1967
Last Mets game: September 28, 1968





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jim barone
August 11, 2001
jerry buchek was the first baseball player that I can remember having the same birthday as myself, may 9th. so he instantly became a met favorite of mine..

Charlie O'Reilly
April 17, 2002
In the first Met game I ever attended, July 9, 1967 (it was also my first MLB game, just before my 6th birthday), Jerry Buchek pinch-hit for Bud Harrelson (4-for-4) in the 9th inning and homered to tie the score against the Braves. The Mets went on to win on a bases-loaded walk to Ron Swoboda later in the inning.

Mark
October 10, 2002
I used to love the way the stadium announcer would say Jerry Buchek!

FRED of Nyack
March 18, 2003
I remember the game where he pinch hit for Bud Harrelson and homered. He had pretty good power but had a terrible hitch in his swing and stuck out quite a bit. I also think he usually had a chaw in his mouth.

Mook
December 19, 2003
Solid ballplayer. Held Met second base HR mark until Kent, I think. A better ballplayer than Roberto Alomar, probably would have put up similar numbers if he played in the little league parks Robbie played in.

FeatFan
January 4, 2004
Buchek was a slow footed middle infielder with a little pop in the bat and versatility with the glove. Actually drilled a bunch of mid-season homers in 67 to get a little attention. Another run of the mill stopgap second baseman. Lost job in '68 to Austin native Kenny Boswell.

Feat Fan
July 8, 2005
One of those scrappy mid 60's middle infielders like Vern Fuller, Bob Johnson, Phil Gagliano that I favored. Buchek had some range at 2b, could fill in at ss and 3b and held the NYM record for most home runs by a 2 bagger in a single season (14) for many years.

As a matter of fact, who broke it? We went to a late 67 season game and watched Tug fan 10 in a rare start vrs the Stros. Buchek raps a pair out of the yard.

Buchek ss 4 2 2 6

So who does hold the NYM record for most HR's by a 2b?

Guessing Jeff Kent in the early 90's.

VIBaseball
July 17, 2005
I traced the home run record for a Mets 2B in a single-season with baseball-reference.com.

Tim Teufel tied Buchek with 14 in just 97 games in 1987. I bet a couple were pinch hits.

Gregg Jefferies had 15 in 1990, but it's likely that a few of those came when he was playing 3B.

Kent had 21 in 1993; even if a couple came at 3B, he'd have established a new mark.

But Edgardo Alfonzo, with 27 in 1999 and 25 in 2000, is the current holder.

Ray C
July 21, 2005
I was 8 and 9 years old when Buchek played for the Mets. At that time, any guy who hit double digit HR's was a superstar to a young Met fan!

Putbeds 1986
February 4, 2006
On HBO's When It Was A Game 3, which focused on the 1960's. Howie Rose's voice appears when talking about Bat Day at Shea in the 60's and he got a bat with Jerry's name on it and how he remarked that for the rest of the day that he was Jerry Buchek. By the way, all 3 specials are great and if any of them pop up on HBO, watch them if you haven't seen them yet.









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