Share your memories of Bob Hendley
HERE IS WHAT OTHER METS FANS HAVE TO SAY:
January 7, 2002
When Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Cubs, Bob Hendley pitched one-hit ball for them that night. He always had good stuff but never became a big time pitcher.
April 24, 2004
Here is the line score from Sandy Koufax's perfecto (and fourth no-hitter in a four-year span), but there's more to it than that. It also marked the fewest hits in one game (one) and the fewest men left on base (one). No wonder it took only 1:43 to play.
Chicago's Bob Hendley threw a one-hitter only to lose 1-0, with the lone run scoring in the fifth inning when Lou Johnson walked, went to second on Ron Fairly's sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on catcher Chris Krug's throwing error.
I remember Hendley as a "promising" lefty having hurled for the Giants and Braves before going over to the Cubs.
He joined the Mets in '67 but was not much of a factor.
Chicago 000 000 000-0 0 1
Los Angeles 000 010 00x-1 1 0
E-Krug. LOB-Los Angeles 1. 2B-Johnson. SB-Johnson. S- Fairly.
ip h r er bb k
Hendley (L, 2-3) 8 1 1 0 1 3
Koufax (W,22-7) 9 0 0 0 0 14
March 4, 2005
One more comment about Hendley's great game against Koufax that wasn't great enough: five days later the two pitchers faced each other again and Hendley allowed four hits as the Cubs beat the Dodgers and Koufax, 2-1.
April 30, 2009
Hendley had a bad elbow throughout his big-league career. A December 2005 article in Baseball Digest about him and the Koufax game describes how he thinks it happened -- too many pull-ups!
After the 1967 season, he had an elbow operation to remove bone chips. He pitched for Jacksonville in 1968 and Tidewater in 1969 (both years he still got Topps cards). After the 1969 season, the Mets wanted to send him to Double-A Memphis -- the same day they released Ed Charles. Looks like Hendley also took that unsubtle cue and retired.
October 4, 2015
I can remember that even though he never appeared in a game for the 1969 Mets, Bob Hendley appeared as a Met in that year's series of Topps baseball cards.
I inherited bags and boxes of baseball cards from my older cousins when I was a little kid in the early '70s, and as a huge Mets fan who had heard and read all about 1969 I was always left wondering "Who the heck is Bob Hendley??"
As a result there was always an aura of mystery about him, and, in mind at least, he was a sort of de facto outer-fringe part of the legendary '69 Mets aura..