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Gene Woodling
Gene Woodling
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 247 of 1043 players
Eugene Richard Woodling
Born: August 16, 1922 at Akron, O.
Died: June 2, 2001 at Barberton, O.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 5.10 Weight: 195

Gene Woodling was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 27, 2009, and January 14, 2017.


First Mets game: June 17, 1962
Last Mets game: September 16, 1962

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Bob Hackett
He was set as the batting coach for the 1963 season and still on the roster as a part-time player when the Mets sent Throneberry down at the end of spring training. Woodling criticized George Weiss and had to go.

Alan Struble
November 21, 2001
I married his daughter. I didn't know who Gene was until I met Kimberly. Over the past 19 years I had grown to know Gene and enjoy his stories from back in his Yankee days fighting with Stengle to let him play instead of Baur. Both of our children are named for Brooks and Casey. On June 2nd when Gene past away it was a sad day. I had the honor of helping to carry him to his resting place in Medina, Ohio. Gene will be missed

Courtney Woodling
May 27, 2003
Growing up, there were always talks amongst our family members about Gene and how great he was. Being my Grandfather's cousin, I unfortunately never had the chance to meet Gene, though we were able to speak with him over the phone years ago. I currently have been doing research on his life, times and baseball career. The information that I am finding is amazing and feel so privileged to be a part of the family, even if it is only in last name. What an amazing man Gene was, I truly regret never being able to meet him and send my regards to his family in Ohio. All of the Woodlings here in Florida are very proud of him and his family!

May 27, 2003
Gene Woodling was the comsummate professional. His "pigeon toed" batting stance was not easily emulated. Very productive player. Casey Stengel saw him in the PCL and brought him back the major leagues with the Yankees. He became an integral part of five consecutive championship teams. I recall when the Mets purchased him from the Senators in June of 1962 Stengel was managing the Mets. The day he reported I believe Lou Brock hit a home run into the centerfield bleachers at the Polo Grounds. The next day Hank Aaron replicated the feat. In the history of the Polo Grounds only one other hitter had accomplished the feat - Joe Adcock. I guess Woodling knew his luck with Stengel had changed because he joined Richie Ashburn in retirement at the end of the year.

Jonathan Stern
October 10, 2003
Asked what his favorite memory of 1962 was, Gene Woodling replied, "Going home when it was all over."

May 22, 2004
I think I remember listening to a game when Gene Woodling was playing for the Senators around 1961. What I recall is that when Gene was at bat I believe in the 9th inning he fouled 16 times and then either got a hit or a home run. Does anybody know if this is bad memory or the truth? Please reply to my e mail thanks and long live the Senators!

John T Bklyn
January 28, 2009
Gene Woodling's daughter was on Antiques Roadshow on 1/26/2009 when it visited Dallas, and she brought in his baseball collection, including 5 signed WS balls from 1949-1953, contracts, signed photos, etc. The whole collection was worth $85,000!! She was quite impressed.

See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200802A21.html

E. Smith
February 15, 2010
Two friends and I attended a game at the Polo Grounds. We were sitting in right field foul territory. (As I recall, most seats in that location were in foul territory.) Woodling lined a foul ball that my friend on my right caught the liner. On the next pitch, he lined a foul and my friend on my left caught the ball. The next pitch Woodling lined out to the rightfielder. Those were the only times foul balls came that close to me.

Larry Foss
March 3, 2010
I was sitting in the dugout at the Polo Grounds in 1962, Woodling at bat and some hard thrower threw three in a row past Gene. When he returned to the dugout, Ashburn asked him if the pitcher was throwing hard. Ashburn was such a student of hitting, he honestly wanted to know. Woodling, thinking Ashburn was pimping him, went after him and a brief scuffle ensued. When we lost that many games, we all were a bit edgy. What a fun and frustrating year.

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