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John Tudor (baseball)

John Tudor
Born: (1954-02-02) February 2, 1954 (age 66)
Schenectady, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 16, 1979 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1990 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 117–72
Earned run average 3.12
Strikeouts 988
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Career highlights and awards

John Thomas Tudor (born February 2, 1954 in Schenectady, New York) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Early life

Although born in upstate New York he was raised in Peabody, Massachusetts and attended the city's Peabody High School.


Tudor was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 1976 MLB Draft (Secondary Phase) from Georgia Southern University.

Early career

Tudor debuted with the Red Sox on August 16, 1979. He spent some time in the minors in 1980 and was used as both a starter and reliever in 1981. He finally established himself as a member of the rotation in 1982, going 13-10 with a 3.63 ERA. After finishing 13-12 the following season, Tudor was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for designated hitter Mike Easler. After one year in Pittsburgh, in which he was 12-11 with a 3.27 ERA, he was sent to St. Louis as part of a deal for veteran outfielder George Hendrick. The Pirates received a career minor leaguer in the deal and sent catcher Brian Harper to the Cardinals.


Tudor's highlight was a spectacular

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Moreover, Tudor's ten complete game shutouts in 1985 made him the only pitcher since Jim Palmer in

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The Cardinals were in the heat of a division race against Gooden and the New York Mets in September 1985. Tudor improved even more by starting the month with two consecutive shutouts and then pitched against Gooden himself in a legendary matchup on September 11. Gooden and Tudor locked horns pitch-for-pitch and the score was 0-0 after nine innings. Jesse Orosco took over for Gooden in the tenth inning and gave up a home run. Tudor came back out in the bottom of the inning and finished the three-hit, ten-inning masterpiece for his third consecutive shutout of the month. After two sub-par performances, he pitched his fourth shutout of the month and then pitched another ten innings of shutout ball against the Mets' Ron Darling but the Mets turned the table and beat the Cardinals' bullpen in the eleventh inning.

Tudor's pitching propelled the Cardinals into the playoffs. He lost Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers but won Game 4 to even the series and St. Louis won 4 games to 2. Tudor was masterful in Game 1 of the 1985 World Series and even better with a shutout in Game 4 but completely fell apart in Game 7 leaving in the third inning as the Kansas City Royals rolled to an 11-0 victory for their only World Championship. Tudor was so upset by his performance in Game 7 that in a post-game tantrum he cut his pitching hand after punching an electrical fan.

After 1985

Unfortunately for Tudor, he never matched his dominance of 1985. While still posting impressive ERAs, he never won more than 13 games. In

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