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Mike Bishop
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 557 of 1043 players
Michael David Bishop
Born: November 5, 1958 at Santa Maria, Cal.
Died: February 8, 2005 at Bakersfield, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 190

Mike Bishop was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 8, 2007, February 8, 2009, November 5, 2010, February 8, 2012, and November 5, 2014.


First Mets game: April 16, 1983
Last Mets game: April 24, 1983

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November 4, 2002
Hey listen to this! In April 1983 my father and I went to a twi-night doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea. April night games draw poorly enough these days, but when you consider that a) it was 1983 and the Mets were awful, b) it was a doubleheader, c) they were playing the Pirates (who were also awful) and d) it had rained most of the day you can understand why only about 4000 people showed up.

Anyhoo, I bought a scorecard and scored only the first game, which is a good thing because Tom Seaver threw a 6-0 shutout for his first Met win since 6/12/77. I knew the Mets won the nightcap 7-5 and that Mike Torrez had started, but since I had not kept score I forgot any details. Recently I went to a great Web site called retrosheet ( that has box scores and even play by plays for most games from 1967 to the late 1980's. And there I discovered that Mike Bishop was the starting catcher for the Mets in the second game and that he went 1 for 3 with a double. And then I clicked on Bishop's name for his career stats and saw that he was a grand total of 1 for 8. And I let out a big whoop! when I realized that I HAD WITNESSED MIKE BISHOP'S ONLY MAJOR LEAGUE HIT!

September 11, 2005
I remember Mike's first game in St. Louis. They showed a close up of him in the dugout before the game and he looked extremely nervous (almost quivering)

I had the feeling Mike was just a temp and his time in "The Show" would be limited. The Mets went with catching tandem of Junior Ortiz and Ron Hodges that year.

Very sad to read Mike has passed on. May he Rest in Peace.

December 9, 2005
Mike was a good friend of mine. He was extremely funny - especially his stories of winter baseball in South America. He was also a devoted family man.

We met after he retired from baseball and we played a lot of golf together. I lost touch with him after I moved away from California. I was saddened by the news of his death. Does anyone know how he died?

April 12, 2006
I played high school ball with Mike. He was so much better than almost everyone in the league. He did do some catching in high school, but most of the time (it was thirty years ago!) I remember he played third base. I think pro ball is always hurting for catchers so they tried to make him into a major league catcher. I also remember a Babe Ruth tournament with teams from all over central California, where in his first 12 at bats he had something like 10 home runs. It got so bad they started walking him at every at bat, including with the bases loaded.

Mike was always a nice guy. I only saw him once after high school when he was helping to coach our old high school in the C.I.F. championships. I believe he died of a heart attack. Rest in peace.

January 6, 2008
Just found out that Mike had passed. He was a friend as well as my Freshman Science Lab partner. He was fun and boisterous and always had you laughing. I remember that he was devoted to his High School Sweetheart, whom he later married. I'm so sorry I'll never see him laugh again.

Craig Hendrickson
September 18, 2008
I saw about a year ago that Mike had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. That was a sad day for me.

I played with Mike when he and I first signed with the California Angels and played together in rookie ball in Idaho Falls (Pioneer League) and then again the next year in Quad-Cities in the Midwest League. I still have pictures of him and me in my old box of pictures. I still have his baseball card from Quad Cities. I played shortstop and Mike played third base. He and I were roommates many times when the team played on the road. He was a great man and I always had high regard for him.

I remember when his wife came to be with him in Davenport, Iowa. I helped him fix up his first apartment, mainly painting, during the day and then playing the game that evening. In the middle of the season I was traded to the Cincinnati Reds and was out of baseball a couple of years later.

From time to time over the years as I have reminisced, I have found myself thinking about my friend and wondered how he was doing. All memories of him are positive and cannot think of anything negative to say about the man. He was a good baseball player and could hit with great authority. He also had a great sense of humor and there were many times he would “crack me up” with his jokes and impersonations.

I am happy to say that I knew the man and was a privileged to play baseball alongside of him.

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