August 16, 1948 |
Passaic, New Jersey
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|September 10, 1968 for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1985 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||426|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Jorgensen (born August 16, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball player drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft. He currently works in the Cardinals front office.
Early career 
Jorgensen made his major league debut with the New York Mets as a September call-up in 1968. He played the entire 1969 season in the minors. On April 5, 1972, he was traded with Tim Foli and Ken Singleton to the Montreal Expos for Rusty Staub. It was in Montreal where Jorgensen enjoyed his greatest success. In 1973, he earned his only Gold Glove Award as a first baseman (though he played some outfield also throughout his career). It was also the only time between 1967 and 1977 that a Los Angeles Dodger first baseman did not win the Gold Glove Award. Jorgensen broke Wes Parker's six-year run from 1967-72 (after which season Parker retired from Major League Baseball), and Steve Garvey won the award from 1974-77. In 1974, he broke the Expos' single season on-base percentage record with .444. In 1975, he enjoyed his most productive season with the bat—clubbing 18 home runs, and driving in 67 runs.
Jorgensen became expendable when the Expos acquired future hall of fame first baseman Tony Pérez and was traded to the Oakland Athletics at the start of the 1977 season. Following one season with the A's, he signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.
On May 28, 1979, Jorgensen was hit in the head by a pitch from Boston Red Sox' Andy Hassler. Dave Roberts entered the game to pinch run for Jorgensen, and Pat Putnam took over as the Rangers' regular first baseman for the next month. Excluding one pinch hitting appearance on May 31, he did not play again until July 1. After suffering headaches, it was discovered he had a small blood clot inside his head, which apparently caused a seizure, and could have resulted in death. Following the season, he was traded back to the Mets to complete a mid-season deal in which the Mets had sent Willie Montañez to the Rangers for two players to be named later (the other player the Mets received was pitcher Ed Lynch).
During the first-ever fireworks night hosted at Shea Stadium on July 4, 1980, Montreal Expos rookie Bill Gullickson sailed a pitch over Jorgensen's head in the second game of a doubleheader. Jorgensen motioned towards Gullickson in disapproval. Mets catcher John Stearns then charged out of the dugout and slammed Gullickson to the ground.
First post-season 
Jorgensen's second go around with the Mets lasted until June 15, 1983. The Mets sold him to the Atlanta Braves the day they acquired first baseman Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. A year to the day later, the Braves traded him with Ken Dayley to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ken Oberkfell. With the Cardinals, he reached the World Series for the first time in his career in 1985. It was also the final season of his career. Coincidentally, Andy Hassler was also a member of this team. This was also his first World Series and the final year of his career.
Cardinals manager 
|National League Gold Glove First Baseman
|St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Tony La Russa
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- Mike Jorgensen managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com