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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 521 of 984 players
Sudakis
William Paul Sudakis
Born: March 27, 1946 at Joliet, Ill.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.01 Weight: 190

Bill Sudakis was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on June 4, 2003, June 5, 2003, June 6, 2003, and March 17, 2011.

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First Mets game: July 11, 1972
Last Mets game: October 3, 1972





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Dave
I remember going to a game in 72 with my Dad. Bill Sudakis was behind the plate and had problems holding on to the ball when the pitcher threw to him for the first few innnings!

EG
March 17, 2001
Supposed to be a real tough guy, who tried to intimidate people. Got his butt kicked by Rick Dempsey (of all people?) when they were with the Yankees. Evidently, he was as good a fighter as he was a catcher.

flushing flash
March 28, 2001
Best known for lending Graig Nettles one of his bats when he was with the Yankees. The bat broke on contact and dozens of Super Balls went bouncing all over the place. That must have been a freaking riot to watch.

Randy Jones
June 5, 2003
In 1973, the first time I got 2 of the same card in a pack of baseball cards, it was Bill Sudakis. This was soon after a report by Joe Garagiola on BB cards mentioning that you never get duplicates in a single pack.

Joe Figliola
June 10, 2003
I remember hearing his only Mets home run on the radio when I was living in Brooklyn.

Regarding Sudakis's Mets baseball card, I recall one of my "playmates" (and I use that term loosely; he became a real weasel as a teenager) getting a Sudakis card early in the '73 season. We found out that it was a high number and not meant for release until late August/early September. It sort of makes you rethink the "scarcity" of those cards back in the days when Topps issued them in series form.

(By the way, I too must disagree with Joe Garagiola concerning doubles in a pack of cards. In 1978, I got TWO Biff Pocorobas in one pack. Topps must have had a thing for backup catchers, I guess.)

FeatFan
June 17, 2003
Had a buddy that played in KC Royals lower minors...friend of Suds....introduced me to him when he was with Yankees....absolutely largest paws I've ever seen, freakin' meat mitts....great looking prospect that beat out Garvey for 3b job in LA forcing his move to 1b....hit a bunch of homers in Texas as a dh one year

JT Corduroy
April 28, 2006
In the Dempsey fight I heard he tried or actually did stab him with a fork in the chest. Bobby Mercer injured himself breaking up the fight and that ended the Yanks' pennant hopes in '74

RF Mojica
April 29, 2008
I am recommending a great baseball read: "Seasons In Hell," a book about the Texas Rangers of 1973-75, named in the subtitle of the book as one of the worst teams in baseball history. Bill Sudakis features fairly prominently in this book, and the portrait is not complimentary. He is made out to be something of a louse. Actually, I don't really remember Sudakis with the Mets, but I do remember him as a Yankee. It shouldn't really be a surprise that Rick Dempsey bested him in a fight. Rick Dempsey was some kind of relative to Jack Dempsey.

Feat Fan
May 9, 2008
I met Sudakis in 73, dude was strong! One of many Dodger farm hands of the late 60's (Garvey, Russell, Cey, Buckner, Lopes) but unlike the others, couldn't put it together. Big strapping guy who could hit with power and play 1b-3b as well as catch. In today's world, his versatility and .240 7-35 earn him 3.1m!









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