Shortstop, 2B, 3B, RH, St. Louis Cardinals 1961, 1963-1966; New York Mets 1967-1968
A versatile infielder, Jerry Buchek broke into professional ball as an 18-year old with Tulsa of the Texas League in 1960... and was an All-Star minor league player in 1963. Noted for his outstanding defensive with a quick throwing release, the 6-foot, 180-pounder debuted in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals as an utility infielder in 1963. In 1966, Buchek played 100 games for St. Louis - batted .236 and lined 10 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers with 25 RBIs. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1967 and fielded admirably in 124 games, and hit a career-best .266, with 11 doubles, 2 triples and 14 home runs, 41 RBIs.