Joe Grzenda
vs. the Mets
Joe Grzenda
vs. Other Teams
Game Log Memories of
Joe Grzenda
Joe Grzenda
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 644 of 1043 players
Joseph Charles Grzenda
Born: June 8, 1937 at Scranton, Pa.
Throws: Left Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 180

Joe Grzenda was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 11, 2014.


First Mets game: August 15, 1967
Last Mets game: September 28, 1967

Share your memories of Joe Grzenda


November 24, 2001
All I remember of this guy is I had at least four of his Topps Baseball Cards from his Mets days... three quarte profile facing left, I believe. JOE G... I'd like to buy a vowel, please!

Joe Figliola
February 27, 2002
I remember having a 1972 Topps card of him ? big head and that's about it.

Had Chris Berman been around during Joe's playing days, he would've come up with the tag line "Your Auntie" Grzenda. (This is a play on the Monkees song "Your Auntie Grizelda, sung by Peter Tork.)

Chris Grzenda
January 23, 2004
Joe Grzenda is my relative, even though I didn't see him play, my dad has a rookie card of him.

joe grzenda jr
February 17, 2005
I spent 15 years alongside my father as he travelled around professional baseball to make a living. The only memories I have of 1967 was of NYC. We lived in a large hotel and I used to play in an alley with my small trucks. (Only 7 at the time.) Did not like the city as we basically grew up in small towns across America. The way society is today I can't believe I was not kidnapped playing in the alley, but things were different back then. Guess I will have to go through dad's scrap book to jog up some memories.

Jonathan Stern
February 21, 2005
Grzenda pitched in the last Washington Senators (II) game before their 1971 move to Texas. He was one out away from nailing down a 7-5 victory over the Yankees when the fans stormed the field and trashed everything in sight. The umpires had no choice but to forfeit the game to the Yankees. Pity.

Joe Grzenda Jr
August 15, 2005
Mr. Grzenda finally got the recognition he was due. He played in an era of low pay and low pension rates, but did it for the joy of the game. (He kept the family fed but, always took construction jobs in Penna. in the winter, Brrr). On the April 14th, 2005, he took that ball, which was sitting in my ball drawer all these years, handed it over to President Bush who made the ceremonial first pitch to usher in the new Washington Nationals.

For an interesting background you may go to the Washington Post and search for the article" THE ULTIMATE CLOSER" by William Gildea.

My Dad never made much money in the game but the memories are priceless.

Jamey Bumbalo
November 4, 2006
He had a great year in 1971 (ERA under two) for the Senators, but that was it for his journeyman career. He is noted for his baseball card appearances without a cap (always a Topps sign of a guy who drifted from team to team).

November 30, 2009
Featured a palmball and was willing to teach it to other pitchers.

Meet the Mets
  • All-Time Roster
  • Mug Shots
  • Player Awards
  • Transactions
  • Managers and Coaches
  • Mets Staff
  • Birthplaces
  • Oldest Living Mets
  • Necrology
  • Games
  • Game Results
  • Walkoff Wins and Losses
  • Post-Season Games
  • No-Hitters and One-Hitters
  • All-Star Games
  • Opponents and Ballparks
  • Daily Standings
  • Yearly Finishes
  • Mayor's Trophy Games
  • Stats
  • Interactive Statistics
  • Team Leaders
  • Decade Leaders
  • Metscellaneous
  • Fan Memories
  • Mets Uniforms
  • Uniform Numbers
  • About Us
  • Contact us
  • FAQ

  • Copyright 1999-2018, The Ultimate Mets Database