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Jesse Gonder

Jesse Gonder
Born: (1936-01-20)January 20, 1936
Monticello, Arkansas
Died: November 14, 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 68)
Oakland, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1960 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 1967 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average .251
Home runs 26
Runs batted in 94

Jesse Lemar Gonder (January 20, 1936 – November 14, 2004) was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, he appeared in 395 games in the Major Leagues over eight seasons (

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He was born in Monticello, Arkansas, but attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, alma mater of Basketball Hall of Fame center Bill Russell, as well as two of Gonder's future MLB teammates, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson. Gonder signed with Cincinnati in 1955 and began his 15-year professional career. Acquired by the Yankees' Triple-A Richmond Virginians affiliate in

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Assigned to the Triple-A San Diego Padres, Gonder led the

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Gonder reverted to part-time status in 1965, and for the remainder of his big-league career played behind regular catchers Chris Cannizzaro, Joe Torre and Jim Pagliaroni. He was sent to Triple-A in June 1967 and wrapped up his pro career in 1969.

In the Majors, Gonder collected 220 hits, including 28 doubles, two triples and 26 home runs. Five of those home runs came as a pinch hitter.


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