Michael Joe Budnick
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Mike Budnick, a former pitcher in the major leagues, died on Dec. 2, 1999 in Seattle, Wash. after a battle with cancer. He was 80.
He appeared in 42 games over two seasons in the major leagues and compiled a 2-3 record with 3 saves. He collected 42 strikeouts and posted a 4.04 ERA in 100.1 innings.
Budnick signed with the Seattle Rainiers after graduating from high school in the late 1930s.
During World War II, he participated in a baseball tour to entertain troops. Following the war, he was selected by the Giants from Seattle in the 1945 Rule V draft.
He made his major league debut with the Giants in 1946, pitching in 36 games and posting a 2-3 record and a 3.16 ERA in 88.1 innings. He pitched another 12 innings in 1947.
He returned to the PCL in 1947 and played for San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle before retiring from baseball in 1950.
He became a deputy sheriff and made an unsuccessful run for sheriff in 1962. He remained with the department until he retired in 1962.
Budnick also operated several taverns including the "Hit and Run Room."