Jesse Lemar Gonder
Born: Jan. 20, 1936 in Monticello, Ark.
Died: Nov. 14, 2004 in Oakland, Calif.
Debut: 1960 | Pos: C
H: 5'10" | W: 190 | B: L | T: R
>> Visit the Jesse Gonder biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.
Jesse Gonder, who spent parts of eight seasons in the major leagues, died on Nov. 14, 2004 in Oakland, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 68.
The catcher hit .251 in his major league career with 26 home runs and 94 RBI.
Gonder was born in Monticello, Ark., and moved to Oakland when he was 14 years old. He graduated in 1955 and signed with the Reds that year, according to his obituary.
He made his debut with the Yankees in 1960, playing in seven games. He played in 15 games with New York in 1961.
He played in the Pacific Coast League in 1962 and, according to his obituary, he was named the PCL's Player of the Year. He hit .342 with 21 home runs and 116 RBIs for the San Diego Padres.
He returned to the majors in 1962, playing in four games with the Reds.
He split the season between the Reds and Mets in 1963, hitting .304 in 158 at-bats with six home runs and 20 RBI.
His most productive season came in 1964 when he hit .270 in 341 at-bats for the Mets with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
His career also included stops with the Milwaukee Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
According to his obituary, he was a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit following his playing career.
Source: Alameda Times-Star obituary (11/17/2004)