Bud Harrelson - Introduction - 12/Jan/2024

Bud Harrelson – Introduction – 12/Jan/2024


Bud Harrelson is a name synonymous with the sport of baseball. His story originates from Niles, California, The United States, where he was born on June 6, 1944. He went on to become a significant player in Major League Baseball (MLB) and left an indelible mark on the game. In his capacity as a player, manager, and co-owner, Bud Harrelson helped shape and inspire professional baseball for several generations of fans and players. This article provides a comprehensive review of Harrelson’s contributions to baseball.

Early Life and Career

Dudley Michael “Bud” Harrelson grew up in Heyward, California and was one of six children in his family. His father was a truck driver and his mother was a homemaker. Harrelson was interested in sports from a young age and particularly drawn towards baseball. He played his first professional game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system in 1963.

After spending some time there, Harrelson was traded to the New York Mets, where he blossomed into a bona fide star. His goal was always to become a Major League Baseball player and he achieved this when he debuted for the Mets in 1965.

Major League Career

Harrelson’s Major League career extended over 16 seasons, primarily with the New York Mets. He was known for his slick fielding skills in the shortstop position and his competent batting which provided a strong backbone to the team.

Harrelson was instrumental to the Mets’ 1969 World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles, contributing significantly with both his batting and fielding skills. This historic win was highly significant as it was the first World Series win in the history of the New York Mets franchise. Harrelson continued to deliver strong performance throughout his tenure with the Mets.

Harrelson played the final two seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers, retiring from baseball as a player in 1980.

Managerial and Ownership Career

Post his illustrious playing career, Harrelson took to managing baseball teams, starting with the New York Mets, where he served as the third base coach until being promoted to manager in 1990.

Harrelson’s managerial career had its own set of highs and lows, which is often the case in the lives of professional sport participants. Eventually, he moved on from managing in the Major Leagues to becoming a co-owner of the Long Island Ducks, an independent professional baseball team.


  • Bud Harrelson played in two World Series – 1969 and 1973, winning once in 1969
  • Bud Harrelson is one of four players to have their numbers retired by the New York Mets
  • In 1971, Harrelson received a Golden Glove Award for his exceptional fielding skills.
  • He served as a coach for the New York Mets beginning in 1982 and was promoted to manager in 1990.
  • He is now a part-owner and Senior VP of Baseball Operations for the Long Island Ducks
  • Image Description

    The image for this article is a black and white photo from the late 1960s capturing Bud Harrelson in his prime playing days. Harrelson is seen wearing his New York Mets uniform. He is captured in action, right after throwing the ball, his eyes focused sharply in the direction of the ball. The iconic number ‘3’ on his jersey is also clearly visible in the picture. The image perfectly encapsulates Harrelson’s intense dedication to and love for the game of baseball.