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Pumpsie Green
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 506 of 1043 players
Elijah Jerry Green
Born: October 27, 1933 at Oakland, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175

Pumpsie Green was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 12, 2005, and September 3, 2011.


First Mets game: September 4, 1963
Last Mets game: September 26, 1963

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Rick Royals
August 28, 2001
if people called me Pumpsie, I'd by a gun and shoot them.

November 24, 2001
Pumpsie (you gotta love that) was actually the first black player to play for the Red Sox, if memory serves me.

February 21, 2002
The thing that I remember about Elijah "PUMPSIE" Green, was that one day after a Yankee-Red Sox game at the Stadium he decided to jump the team with pitcher Gene Connelly and go to Israel. I guess when you are mired in the second division, in August, you might try anything. I also remember him coming to the 63 Mets for Felix Mantilla.

Frank Grimes
July 12, 2002
He was called "Pumpsie" because he used to pump gas. "hey Pumpsie, filler up!"

Feat Fan
June 28, 2004
Pumpsie, there's a name! I remember him as an early Met but he was essentially a BoSox, their first player of color! If you've ever been to Boston than you know this was quite a feat, Boston can be tough for black athletes.

P Gene Conley and Pumpsie mysteriously disappeared after a 13–3 loss to the Yankees. They left the team bus in traffic to use a bathroom and never returned.

Conley decides he wants to fly to Israel, and goes to the airport, but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game, pitching two 2/3 inning, and walking in two of the eight earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play. Bouton is the winner, shutting out the Sox for six innings.

Bob P
March 6, 2005
Pumpsie Green (born Elijah Jerry Green) was the first African-American player to play for the Red Sox. But when he first stepped on the field as a pinch-runner on July 21, 1959, it had been MORE THAN TWELVE YEARS since Jackie Robinson broke in with the Dodgers.

One of the highlights of his career must have been an eleventh inning home run at Comiskey Park in April 1961 which stopped a 13-game losing streak for the Red Sox.

Pumpsie Green trivia: his brother Cornell played defensive back for the Cowboys from 1962-1974, winning one Super Bowl and playing in five Pro Bowls in that period.

Joe Ward
November 1, 2006
Back in the summer of 63, I was working the Twin Willows golf course on a Monday, and Pumpsie showed up to play little nine hole. My wife was upset since back then, no black people were allowed in Lincoln Park NJ, let alone at the Twin Willows golf course. I told her that I was proud to let Pumpsie play since he was a member of my favorite team the New York Mets.

On hole #1 he placed the ball firmly in the pond, and my wife ran over to him and proceeded to tell him that he was a crappy golfer, and spat at him. He then calmly hit again, placing the ball directly in the hole for a hole in two! I was so proud, and to this day we call hole #1 at the Twin Willows the Pumpsie Green and hole! He was such a courteous gentleman.

Jamey Bumbalo
February 22, 2007
I don't believe the previous posting regarding how Pumpsie got his nickname is correct. According to Green himself in the fantastic baseball book "We Played The Game," his mother gave him the nickname. From the context, it seems to have been a childhood name.

Mets fan in Maine
March 30, 2008
In Peter Golenbock's oral history book about the Red Sox, Pumpsie is quoted in great detail about being the first black player for the Red Sox and about the Gene Conley/Israel incident (about which his recollection and Conley's differ greatly, especially with regard to what drinking took place, and which is much more complicated than the earlier posting here recounts).

Pumpsie, who spent 1964 and 1965 at AAA Buffalo after his brief time with the Mets in 1963, also is quoted about his trade to the Mets. He says: "When I was traded to the Mets, I was disappointed, because the Mets were a transition ballclub, and nobody knew what from who. I never got to know [Casey Stengel] or even talk to him."

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