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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 103 of 975 players
Randle
Leonard Shenoff Randle
Born: February 12, 1949 at Long Beach, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 5.10 Weight: 175

Lenny Randle was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 24, 2003, April 25, 2003, February 15, 2006, February 12, 2007, and November 17, 2012.

3b 2b of ss

First Mets game: April 30, 1977
Last Mets game: September 29, 1978





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MFM
One of few bright spots for the Mets in 1977. Set stolen base record (then) for Mets in 1977 with 33. Batted a solid .300 (the ONLY Met to do so that year.) Feel that he was a lot better player than media led on to be. I feel he was the Mets BEST PLAYER FOR 1977!

murphy
Three memories of Lenny Randle: He was the most exciting player on the 1977 Mets. He punched out his manager in Texas. And most of all, watching him fall to the ground in an attempt to blow a bunt foul when he was with the Mariners. Lenny, you were always entertaining. A nutcase, but entertaining.

Logan Swanson
April 16, 2001
Lenny went on to play in Italy(!) for awhile in the early 80's. He also had a recording career, releasing a track, which, I believe was called, "I'm a Ballplayer".

It gives one pause that Lenny's 1977 campaign was the best performance by a Met third baseman in 10 years.

Mr. Sparkle
April 27, 2001
I loved this guy back in 77. He had a great year for that lousy team. He was always very exciting. Punched his manager Frank Luchessi in the head so he was traded to the Mets. Good move for at least that one year. He was a character.

Alan
January 7, 2002
When Grant signed him, he made such a stink about it, you'd have thought he signed Pete Rose. Lenny was a nice player, nothing more.

TYUS EDNEY UCLA / NBA / MILAN, ITALY
March 5, 2002
I am in italy ,my uncle mvp Mets lenny randle played here for 9 years and has a home here . Italian people and sports are the greatest .after Attending ucla and playing 5 years in the nba,i see what fun my uncle had for the love of the game.the Joy of playing for New York will be my next thrill.but For now bella milano italia basketball .go Mets

G.E. Superadio lll
March 28, 2002
One of few bright spots for the Mets in 1977. Set stolen base record (then) for Mets in 1977 with 33. Batted a solid .300 (the ONLY Met to do so that year!) He was a lot better player than media led on to be. He was the Mets BEST PLAYER IN 1977! Traded in 1978 and wasn't happy. At that time the Mets were among the worst franchises in baseball, just before Payson family sold to Doubleday and Co. Lenny played 110% and was a fierce competitor! Too bad we didn't have him at third base earlier in his career!

Larry Burns
June 6, 2002
This guy was great, even when he was not on the Mets. From punching his manager, Frank Luchessi, to blowing on a ball trying to make it go foul, LenDog was a true character. People sometimes overlook the fact that he was a halfway decent ballplayer. On some pretty miserable teams, he was a good player. He was a favorite of ours in the 1970s. We hated to see him go, we always wanted to see what would come next!

Bob
July 31, 2002
I believe Lenny was at the plate (or stepping up to the plate) when the lights went out in the famous blackout of July '77. Another memorable moment in Randle's career!

Joe Figliola
September 19, 2002
The excitement Lenny generated throughout his brief tenure with the Amazin's is perfectly portrayed on his 1978 Topps baseball card. It shows him diving back to first base during a game against the San Diego Padres.

I remember being disappointed that he held out prior to the 1978 season. I think that was the reason why his numbers went south that year.

I never thought of him as a character the way other people made him out to be. I did, however, privately wish when he was playing in Texas that he would join the Mets (I also made that wish for a young St. Louis Cardinal named Keith Hernandez). See, dreams can come true!

johnmn55
January 23, 2003
I think it was when he was with the Rangers that he got down on his knees and blew a bunted ball that was rolling slowly toward third over the foul line - a play that would be immortalized on ESPN News today. Although he played in the Mets 16th season, he was only the 5th Met to hit .300 (with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, the others being Hunt '64, Davis '67, Jones '69 and Jones '71).

flushing flash
January 28, 2003
Actually, Randle was with the Seattle Mariners at the time.

Herman
February 6, 2003
When I was about ten years old. My friends and I had collected enough money to go to a Mets game. We got there early while the players were loosing it up. We saw Lenny Randle doing windsprints and began chanting his name and asking for his autograph. He sprinted towards us, jumped on the rolled up tarp and into the stands and sat next to me! I was in awe! He spoke to me and signed my program and let me touch his uniform jersey before we were swarmed by fans. He made my year and whenever I think of the Mets he comes to mind. A classy guy who made a 10 year old fan's day.

Ernie
March 15, 2003
We forget Randle didn't become the starting 3rd baseman in 77 until May 31 when Joe Torre took over as Manager.

Randle was unusual becasue he was always talking to the fans, even during the game.

I recall one time the Mets were on the NBC saturday game of the week (an extreme rarity back then) against the Dodgers at Shea. Randle's coming up then the Dodgers make a pitching change. Instead of going back to the on-deck circle or the dugout the camera's showing Randle hanging around along the railing chatting up with the fans.

He was great for that, a rare breed indeed.

snw
April 3, 2003
I remember him striking out looking on three straight pitches, turning around and sprinting back to the dugout. Funniest thing I ever saw a player do after a strikeout.

Mr. Topps
May 16, 2003
Joe, what I remember about Lenny's 1978 Topps baseball card is all of the empty seats on the third base line.

Mike Melioris
May 27, 2003
One of few bright spots for the Mets in 1977. Set stolen base record (then) for Mets in 1977 with 33. Batted a solid .300 (the ONLY Met to do so that year!) He was a lot better player than media led on to be. He was the Mets BEST PLAYER IN 1977! At that time the Mets were among the worst franchises in baseball, just before Payson family sold to Doubleday and Co. Lenny played 110% and was a fierce competitor! Too bad we didn't have him at third base earlier in his career!

snapolit
September 21, 2003
Randy did great for the Mets. As a young kid I used to write to a number of Met players asking for autographed pictures. Some guys never responded at all, many others sent the basic autographed pic. I was so impressed with Lenny on the Mets that I wrote him telling him he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'll never forget the really nice postcard he sent me with an inscription thanking me, etc. Apparently his Met pictures weren't ready yet so he sent me a Rangers picture. I was walking on air for weeks. Years later everything I've read suggested that he was a great guy and Frank L. was an obnoxous bigot who got what he deserved.

Mark
April 10, 2004
Lenny was one of the (only) highlights of the 1977 season -- This guy could hit. As I remember, it was Lenny who was at bat when the 1977 blackout hit. I remember reading in the paper a few days later that he was quoted as saying "for an instant, I thought I'd died". Classic stuff.

Kiwiwriter
July 1, 2004
Great hot dog, and a better ring record. Frank Lucchessi's two mistakes:

1. Yelling at the smart and sensitive Randle. 2. Getting into a fight with the karate-trained Randle.

I remember Lenny standing at bat when the blackout hit. He thought he'd been hit by a pitch where it counted and for the last time. Like most of the Mets, he drove his car into the infield to light up the park and spent the evening chatting with fans in the box seats and signing autographs until they kicked everyone out.

Maxwell Kates
November 16, 2004
After the 1981 baseball strike, the Seattle Mariners aired several humourous commercials to entice the fans to recapture their interest in the sport. One featured Tom Paciorek wearing Groucho glasses, while another saw Julio Cruz break into Rene Lachemann's house. Then there was this one with Lenny, parodying the "Mack the Knife" scene in the Three Penny Opera.

When the Mariners Beat the Red Sox Hitting home runs Out of sight

All the children 14 and under Will want to stay for Free Jacket Night

For the record, Boston won 5-3.

Jonathan Stern
January 14, 2005
I remember an Old Timer's Game a few years ago. Outside Shea, a crowd gathered around a charismatic guy for autographs. I couldn't figure out who who this man was, but I knew he was probably a ex-player who wasn't from 1969 or 1973. I remember him laughing and holding his hand up for space because the fans were crowding him.

Then comments filled the air. "That's Lenny Randle." "Yeah, Lenny Randle." "Didn't he beat up his manager?" "Yep, he beat up his manager, all right." "I'm not gonna get his autograph." "Wasn't much of a player." Etc.

Of course, Lenny's hands were kept occupied anyway. Still, it seems sad to me that the man clearly will be remembered more for his fight with Frank Lucchesi than anything else. Especially since other evidence indicates that he was quite a likable player and personality. On that Old Timer's Day, I even saw a little of that myself.

Lifelong Fan
July 26, 2005
I think he played in Italy for a while and was a superstar there. Of course, George Theodore would be a superstar in Italian baseball - even today!

Mitch45
July 27, 2005
The highlight of Lenny's Met career was the fact that he was at the plate when the lights went out at Shea, signifying the start of the infamous 1977 New York blackout.

Mark
August 27, 2005
I recently met Lenny signing autographs outside a Soverign Bank in Short Hills, NJ.

LenDog
August 27, 2005
Another contender for career highlight - getting down on his hands and knees and trying to blow a bunted ball foul.

I think he did this with the Mets. Maybe it was with another team.

He will also be remembered for assaulting his manager, Frank Luchessi.

Mets Maniac
October 4, 2005
Lenny was my favorite Met back in 1977, when I was 8 years old. Now, almost 30 years later, I have the privilege of being able to write a book with him! If anyone has any great memories that they would like to share about Lenny, please e-mail me at ryanswritings- at-yahoo.com. I would love to hear what you all have to say.

Herman - If you are interested in sharing your story of Lenny jumping in the stands to sign autographs, please get in touch with me!

Trisha

jamey bumbalo
November 17, 2005
I remember watching a game in which Lenny tried to steal home. You could just tell he was going to go. He was out, but it was an exciting play. That was the last time I saw a player try to steal home. He provided some much needed hustle and excitement during his days with the Mets.

JQ
September 8, 2006
One of the great baseball interviews on 60 Minutes. Lenny is a baseball purist and his pained description of Italian baseball was a hoot. Talked about how the local players were concerned only with how they looked and had no knowledge of the game. Tailored, tight uniforms, wild swings, flexing for the female fans. He told a story of the Italian hitter batting in the ninth inning, one run down with a runner on third and one out. A ball to the right side or a fly ball would tie the game. Instead, the batter swung from the heels, hit a pop up 500 feet in the air and (with a disgusted look on his face) Lenny told of the guy standing there proudly with his arms in the air, admiring his useless effort and said "Bella!!!" (Beautiful).

JFK
September 8, 2006
I remember going to Shea and the game was rained out, but there was Lenny wearing a police rain slicker signing autographs for the fans brave enough to stay in the rain.

=Chuck=
November 3, 2006
I was only 12 years old during the '77 season but I remember watching Randle play, and he always played hard. He was a good hitter too. Can you imagine players today jumping into the stands to sit next to, and have conversations with fans? I really miss those days.

Louiemaz
September 23, 2007
I met Lenny at Shea last year. He is a friend of Willie Randolph and frequents Shea a lot.He also promotes his youth baseball camps across the country. I first met him during batting practice. He was on the field with the team, then came over to sign autographs and take pictures with us fans. He was a very friendly guy. I told him I remembered when he hit .300 on a very bad 1977 team. I also remembered he was at bat when the 77 NY blackout hit. After the game my buddy Darren and I saw Lenny again in the parking lot. He hung out and talked baseball with us a while. He spoke highly of Ted Williams, his first manager with the old Washington Senator team. He still loves the game and enjoys coaching kids. Check out his site at LennyRandle.com









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