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Sherman Jones
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 519 of 1043 players
Sherman Jarvis Jones
Born: February 10, 1935 at Winton, N.C.
Died: February 21, 2007 at Kansas City, Kan.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.04 Weight: 205

Sherman Jones was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 21, 2014.


First Mets game: April 13, 1962
Last Mets game: September 9, 1962

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Mike Tenenbaum
August 19, 2001
Sherman "Roadblock" Jones got his nickname in the Giants' farm system. Apparently, an opposing team would need roadblock to stop his winning streak.

As the numbers accruately report, Jones was a career minor leaguer.

May 29, 2002
I remember reading somewhere that Sherman missed a start because he cut his thumb shaving. Only a "Miracle" would figure out a way to do that.

May 29, 2003
Sherman Jones was drafted by the Mets from the Giants in 1962. He pitched the home opener in 1962 at the Polo Grounds for the Mets in front of 11,000 fans in a game played in the rain. The Pirates won the game 4-3.

January 15, 2004
Sherman Jones went onto a successful career as a politician in Kansas, where he served in the State Senate for two terms.

January 23, 2004
Actually, Roadblock Jones didn't cut his thumb shaving -- that was Evans Killeen, who soon after found himself cut by Casey Stengel. Jones' freak mishap was getting caught in the eye by a flying matchtip while lighting a cigarette. Jones was up briefly in '62 but hung around the minors for years afterward. He was among the Mets' first "career minor leaguers."

Ed K
February 15, 2005
Originally, Casey planned to have Sherman pitch the Mets opening game in St. Louis in 1962. But Sherman's eye injury caused Casey to start Roger Craig instead and Roger got the honor of pitching and losing the first Met game. Sherman then pitched the first Met home game and had the honor of losing that one.

Shad Stanleigh
June 3, 2005
For the record, the announced attendance at the Mets' '62 home opener which Jones started was 12,447. Jones had the distinction of at least going 1 for 1 at the plate...and being the only Met hurler not to throw a wild pitch that day.

September 3, 2007
I understood that the "Roadblock" nickname came about because, when his team was on a losing streak, Sherman would put up a roadblock to stop it.

Mets fan in Maine
March 30, 2008
In addition to starting the Mets' first ever home game, Jones' other baseball claim to fame is that he pitched for the Reds in the 1961 World Series, albeit only for 2/3 of an inning. After his baseball career, he spent more than 20 years as a Kansas City police officer before going into politics. A Democrat, he served in the Kansas legislature for over 10 years, at one point being the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. In a piece of campaign literature he claimed he was "A Voice That's Heard."

November 25, 2010
Didn't the Mets bring him back sometime in the 90s (80s??) to throw out the first pitch at some celebration?? It might have been their 30th (20th?) home opener and since he was at the first one, they brought him back again. I thought it was a nice touch to give someone who had a cup of coffee with them a few minutes to be remembered. Anyone else recall this?

January 30, 2012
You're right, Witz, Sherman was asked back to throw out the first pitch in '82. (Saw the footage again from a recent airing of Mets Yearbook 1982 on SNY.)
February 5, 2012
Sherman Jones was a big six foot four, right handed pitcher originally signed by the New York Giants in 1953. Jones was drafted by the New York Mets in the 1961 expansion draft (34th pick overall) becoming an original Met in 1962. In Spring Training he took a line drive to the leg which put him on crutches for over a week.

Manager Casey Stengel originally wanted Jones to pitch the club's first game so the so-called ace of the staff, Roger Craig, could start the home Opener at New York. But in another of the many classic '62 Mets tales, Jones suffered a freak accident when a lit match flew off the cover and struck him in the eye. His start had to be moved ahead, and Craig pitched the Mets first historic game.

Jones started the third game in Mets history on April 13, 1962, which was the team's first-ever home game, played at the Polo Grounds. He pitched well against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing two runs in five innings of work that day. The first run (Smokey Burgess) scored on a Don Hoak double, Burgess had reached base on an infield hit, when Charlie Neal's throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Hoak then scored when Bill Mazeroski's fly ball fell between Ritchie Ashburn and Gus Bell. Bell had waved off Ashburn but as it ended up couldn't make the play after all.

Sherman Jones was the pitcher of record that day and took the loss in front of the 12,447 fans on the historic rainy afternoon in New York. It was also Jones who got the first Mets hit at the Polo Grounds that day, when he singled in the third inning off Tom Sturdivant.

In his next outing the St. Louis Cards beat him up for six runs over four innings and it would be his last start as he was moved to the bull pen. He lost two more games there and was sent back to the minors at the end of May, getting back as a September call up at the end of the season.

He would go 12-6 for the Mets at A ball Raleigh in 1963 posting a good 2.10 ERA but never got called up to the big leagues again. Jones would spend 12 years in the minor leagues going 84-63 with a 3.96 ERA pitching 289 games. In the majors he pitched 48 games going 2-6 with three saves in 110 innings posting a 4.73 ERA.

Retirement: At age 30 Jones started a second career as a Police officer in Kansas City Missouri, and would stay on the KC Police force for twenty two years. After that he was elected to the Kansas Legislature of Wyandotte County, serving in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1989 to 1992.

He then served in the state Senate from 1993-2001. Mr. Jones had quite a career going from an original Met to law enforcer to a politician. In 2007 he passed away at age 72.

Harvey M Kearney
August 11, 2015
I am originally from Winton, N. C. and knew most of the family. I grew up with some of his younger brothers. Sherman attended Calvin Scott Brown High School in Winton, N.C.

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