Cleon Jones
American baseball player
Cleon Jones
Cleon Joseph Jones is a former Major League Baseball left fielder. Jones played most of his career for the New York Mets and in 1969 caught the final out of the "Miracle Mets" World Series Championship over the Baltimore Orioles.
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Detroit man stole dad's corpse, hoped to resurrect him, police say
Fox News - about 4 years
A man who was arrested in the theft of his father's corpse from a Detroit cemetery stored the body in a freezer after a weekend funeral, hoping for it to be miraculously resurrected, police said Tuesday. Clarence Bright's 48-year-old religious son was arrested along with another man after officers found an empty casket inside their van at a gas station, Detroit police said. "This is a very, very bizarre situation," Leon Jones, a mortician's assistant at Swanson Funeral Home, told The Associated Press. The funeral home handled Bright's funeral. Bright's final earthly journey was supposed to end Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery on Detroit's east side, but soggy ground from recent rain postponed the 93-year-old's burial. The casket was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through Monday morning when it was reported stolen, Jones said. Acting on a tip that a white van had been seen at the cemetery, police spotted one parked at a gas station ...
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2 men arrested in body theft from Detroit cemetery
Fox News - about 4 years
Two men have been arrested on suspicion that they stole a body and casket from a Detroit cemetery. Mortician's assistant Leon Jones of Swanson Funeral Home says 93-year-old Clarence Bright was to be buried Monday at Gethsemane Cemetery. Police say the body was taken Monday morning. Officers found the empty casket Tuesday in a white van parked at a gas station, and arrested a 48-year-old man and a 38-year-old man in the vehicle. Police didn't identify the arrested men. Police later found Bright's body in the basement of an eastside home. A records search by The Associated Press shows a man living in the house is also called Bright. Police are to present the case to prosecutors for charges. Bright's funeral was held Saturday, but rain-soaked ground postponed his burial.
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Fresh Android Apps for Aug. 20: ToShop - Shopping List, Good Clean Jokes
Appolicious - Android Applicatio - over 4 years
In this edition of Fresh Android Apps, we introduce you to an uber shopping list and show you how to chuckle away at nearly 1,000 “clean” jokes.
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Movie Review: Back in Black
Channahon-Minooka Patch - over 4 years
I hated Men in Black III (let’s refer to it as MIB3 from here on out). But I didn’t hate it for the conventional reasons that people hate sequels. Instead, MIB3 rips open the still-festering wounds brought about by the 1969 Cubs and dumps in a pound of sea salt. In the film, which everyone but Cubs fans will thoroughly enjoy, Agent J (an affable Will Smith) travels back in time to 1969 to save the future life of his work buddy, Agent K (a deadpanning Tommy Lee Jones). J must hunt down and assassinate an intergalactic baddie whose escape from a moon-based jail threatens the modern-day Earth, as well as the life of Agent K. It sounds confusing, but I think time travel has been a difficult concept to embrace ever since the days of Jules Verne. Even the simplistic Back to the Future had some confusion-inducing moments: What in the world is a Flux Capacitor? I was really enjoying this film until about halfway through, when a character wearing a Mets hat at a diner in 1969 New Yo ...
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Schwei: ‘Walk-Off’ Slams Mets For 10th Time
CBS New York - almost 5 years
By John Schweibacher » More Columns Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning completed the Marlins’ come-from-behind 8-4 win over the Mets on Sunday. It was the 10th time in Mets history that they were victimized by a “walk-off” grand slam: •5/18/70 at Montreal 8-4 Bob Bailey vs. Cal Koonce •4/13/83 at Philadelphia 10-9 Bo Diaz vs. Neil Allen •4/18/87 at St. Louis 12-8 (10) Tom Herr vs. Jesse Orosco •8/13/93 at Philadelphia 9-5 Kim Batiste vs. Anthony Young •6/28/01 at Atlanta 6-2 (10) Javy Lopez vs. Armando Benitez •9/29/01 at Atlanta 8-5 Brian Jordan vs. John Franco •8/7/09 at San Diego 6-2 Everth Cabrera vs. Francisco Rodriguez •9/30/09 at Washington 7-4 Justin Maxwell vs. Francisco Rodriguez •6/2/10 at San Diego 5-1 (11) Adrian Gonzalez vs. Raul Valdes •5/13/12 at Miami 8-4 Giancarlo Stanton vs. Manny Acosta (Thanks to ultimatemets.com for its help with the walk-off list.) David Wright went 4-for-6 in the Mets’ 9-3 wi ...
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Reyes Has Something to Chase: The Mets' First Batting Crown - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Then there was Cleon Jones, who hit .340 in 1969 as the Mets won a championship. But he was surpassed by Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds, who hit .348, and Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit .345. More recently, Wright hit .325 in
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Coutinho: Memories Of 9/11 And The Mets - CBS New York
Google News - over 5 years
Far from perfect, but always there and though the great moments are not as commonplace as they are across the river, those moments are off the charts whether it is Cleon Jones going to one knee, a Tom Seaver gem, a Dwight Gooden masterpiece,
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Golf coach Catana Starks, Alabama native who broke color barrier, inspires ... - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Even though 2 classmates went on to play for the New York Mets — Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee — Starks says she never lost her allegiance to the New York Yankees. She praises a swimming coach in Prichard — at one of the few pools where she was
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Mets notes:Bullpen blues - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
According to Elias Sports Bureau it was the longest streak by a Mets non-pitcher since Cleon Jones went 0-for-32 in 1972. The club record is 0-for-70 by Al Leiter. Ike Davis participated in baseball activities for the second straight day, reporting no
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GO, METS, GO! New York Mets 1961-1969 - New York Daily News
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Mets winning pitcher Jerry Koosman jumps on his battery-mate, Jerry Grote, after Cleon Jones caught Dave Johnson fly ball for the final out of the year. Don Clendenon, who put Mets back in game with homer in sixth, rushes in to join celebration
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MLB: The Pittsburgh Pirates First Great Triumph in Their Rivalry with the Mets - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Wayne Garret singled and then Ellis walked Cleon Jones. The Mets scored only one run. It would be the only run they would score. The New Yorkers loaded the bases two more times, one of them once again with no outs, but they failed to score each time
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Jose Reyes and the Ghost of Willie McGee - Amazin' Avenue
Google News - over 5 years
Cleon Jones finished third in 1969 with a .340 batting average, keeping pace with but never overtaking that year's batting champion in Pete Rose nor the runner-up in Roberto Clemente. Former AL batting champ John Olerud raked in 1998 to the tune of a
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Reyes ready to return, embark on batting title - MLB.com
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Cleon Jones came the closest to winning a batting title when he hit .340 in 1969 but finished third behind Pete Rose's .348 and Roberto Clemente's .345. John Olerud batted .354 in 1998, finishing nine points behind Larry Walker of the Rockies
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Pelfrey tells truth, gets hand slapped: Fan commentary - Yahoo! Sports
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Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, I sit quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born…waiting and hoping…waiting and hoping
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Who's Better? David Wright Or Jose Reyes - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
Cleon Jones and Bud Harrelson? Strawberry and Mookie Wilson or Wally Backman or Lenny Dykstra? Edgardo Alfonzo and Benny Agbayani? Probably not. Of course, Reyes is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, and Wright has been hurt for much of the year
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Pac Bel-Tran leaves unfulfilled Mets legacy: Fan's take - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, I sit quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born…waiting and hoping…waiting and hoping
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The New York Mets seem better than a .500 team: Fan opinion - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, I sit quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born…waiting and hoping…waiting and hoping
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A Tribute To Carlos Beltran - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
... and he's right up there with the greatest position players in franchise history: Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo, Howard Johnson, Cleon Jones, John Olerud, Gary Carter, Jose Reyes and David Wright
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cleon Jones
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 69
    In June 2012, Jones was selected as the Mets' "All-Time Leftfielder" by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters, an honor which he said "means a lot to me."
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  • 2009
    Age 66
    On August 22, 2009, following pre-game ceremonies honoring the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle Mets", Jones discussed the incident during SportsNet New York's telecast of that night's game.
    More Details Hide Details Jones said Hodges asked him why he did not look good going after a fly ball on the previous play. According to Jones, he pointed down to the water-filled turf. Hodges then said that something must be wrong with Jones's ankle and pulled him for that reason. Jones explained that Hodges was his favorite manager, and that he would never publicly embarrass a player. According to Jones, neither party ever revealed the contents of the conversation. Jones believes that the fear instilled in other players by the incident was the turning point in the season. The Mets won 39 of their last 50 games, and finished the 1969 season with 100 wins against 62 losses, eight games over the second place Cubs. Jones ended the season with a .340 batting average, which was third in the league behind Pete Rose and Roberto Clemente, and was second on the team in home runs, RBIs and runs scored, behind Tommie Agee in all three categories.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 56
    He appeared as himself in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond along with several other members of the 1969 Mets.
    More Details Hide Details The rap duo High And Mighty mention Jones in their song entitled B-Boy Document '99. The group has shown a tendency to rap about New York sports figures, and are said to be particularly fond of the 1969 Mets. Men in Black 3 features a scene that re-enacts a few moments of the 1969 World Series, which mentions Jones, and depicts his catching of the fly ball off the bat of Dave Johnson that ended the Fall Classic. or Ultimate Mets Database
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 48
    Jones was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details His .340 average in 1969 remained a team record until John Olerud batted .354 in 1998. Jones remains among the team's all-time leaders in games played, at bats, and hits. Jones is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 33
    He was picked up by the Chicago White Sox in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He was released thirteen games into the season with a .200 batting average, and retired afterwards. Jones earned a reputation as an outfielder with one of the strongest arms in the National League. For his career, he had 64 outfield assists, including ten in 1966 and 1970.
  • 1975
    Age 32
    Jones suffered a knee injury, and was out on extended spring training when the 1975 season started.
    More Details Hide Details At 5:00 a.m. on May 4, Jones was arrested for indecent exposure in St. Petersburg, Florida. Police officers found him asleep in a van with 21-year-old Sharon Ann Sabol, who was charged with possession of marijuana. Jones said he did not know Miss Sabol, but was giving her a ride home in a friend's borrowed van, which ran out of gas, and that he had fallen asleep fully clothed, except for his shoes. The charges were later dropped, but chairman of the New York Mets M. Donald Grant fined Jones $2,000, four times as much as a Met had ever been assessed before, and forced him to publicly apologize during a press conference held in New York. Jones apologized with his wife Angela, his high school sweetheart, by his side. He and Angela have been married for more than 50 years.
  • 1973
    Age 30
    In the 1973 season opener, Jones had his first career two home run game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details He had his second on September 19, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of a crucial three game series at Shea for first place. The following day, Jones started one of the most memorable plays in Mets history, what has become known as the "Ball on the Wall Play". In the top of the thirteenth inning, with Richie Zisk on first, Dave Augustine hit what appeared to be a home run over the left field wall. Jones turned to play the ball off the wall and the ball hit the top of the wall and went right into Jones' glove on the fly. He turned and threw to relay man Wayne Garrett, who threw home to catcher Ron Hodges to nail Zisk at the plate. Following this miracle play, the Mets won the game in the bottom half of the inning to move within half a game of the first place Pirates. Jones caught fire at the end of the season, hitting six homers in the last ten games of the season to lead the Mets to the pennant. The Mets won the Eastern Division title on the last day of the season with a record of 82-79 but went on to demonstrate that it was no fluke when they upset the "Big Red Machine" in the National League Championship Series. Jones went three for five with two RBIs and a run scored in the series clincher.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 29
    In 1972, Jones platooned with John Milner in left field.
    More Details Hide Details He played twenty games at first base, but not very well, and endured one of his worst seasons. The following season, Milner was shifted to first with Jones once again in left field.
  • 1971
    Age 28
    In 1971, Jones was again a .300 hitter, as he was seventh in the league with a .319 batting average.
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  • 1970
    Age 27
    Early in the 1970 season, Jones suffered through the worst slump in his career that saw his batting average reach .167 on May 26.
    More Details Hide Details His average improved to .251 by the time he began a then-club record 23-game hitting streak on August 25. For the season, he wound up hitting .277.
  • 1969
    Age 26
    Jones batted a stellar .429 in the Mets' three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves in the 1969 National League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details In game two of the series, Jones went three for five with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in the Mets' 11–6 victory. The Mets were heavy underdogs in the 1969 World Series but took a 3–1 series lead. The Orioles were ahead 3–0 in Game five when Jones led off the sixth inning. Dave McNally struck Jones in the foot with a pitch, however, home plate umpire Lou DiMuro ruled that the ball missed Jones. Gil Hodges emerged from the dugout to argue, and showed DiMuro the shoe-polish smudged ball. DiMuro reversed his call, and awarded Jones first base. The following batter, Donn Clendenon, hit a two-run home run to pull the Mets within a run of Baltimore. Following an Al Weis solo home run in the seventh to tie the game, Jones led off the eighth inning with a double off the wall that missed being a homerun by about, and scored on Ron Swoboda's double two batters later. With the Mets leading 5–3 in the ninth inning, Orioles second baseman Davey Johnson hit a 2-1 fastball which Jones caught near the warning track to win the World Series.
    Jones was batting .341 with ten home runs and 56 RBIs in the first half of 1969 earning the starting left field job for the All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details He went two for four with two runs scored in the NL's 9–3 victory. He hit a home run in the first game after the break, and emerged as the hitting star of the surprising Mets, with a team-leading batting average well above .330. The Amazins found themselves in second place, five games back of the Chicago Cubs in the newly aligned National League East when the Houston Astros came to Shea Stadium for a July 30 double header. After losing the first game 16–3, the Mets were down 7–0 in the third inning of the second game when Johnny Edwards hit a double to Jones in left field to make the score 8–0. Mets manager Gil Hodges emerged from the dugout, walked past Nolan Ryan on the mound, and walked all the way out to left field. A few minutes later, Hodges walked back to the dugout, with Jones a few paces behind him, and replaced Jones in left with Ron Swoboda. Newspapers at the time said Jones suffered a leg injury and he was not in the Mets lineup for several games after July 30. Later accounts say that Jones was removed for failure to hustle, and Hodges decided to do so publicly to show that he would not tolerate lack of effort on his team, even from its star player.
    Jones played most of his career for the New York Mets and in 1969 caught the final out of the "Miracle Mets" World Series Championship over the Baltimore Orioles.
    More Details Hide Details Jones played football and baseball at Mobile County Training School in Mobile, Alabama, and Alabama A&M University. With the Bulldogs, Jones scored 26 touchdowns in nine games.
  • 1968
    Age 25
    Jones began the 1968 season platooning with Art Shamsky in left.
    More Details Hide Details He was batting .205 on May 18, when he went three for four with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored to lift the Mets to a 5–2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. From there, Jones began to hit; perhaps the finest game of his career occurred on July 16 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, when Jones went four for six with three RBIs and a run scored, and played all three outfield positions. He ended the season with a .297 batting average, which was sixth best in the National League.
  • 1967
    Age 24
    His batting average dipped to .246 in 1967, and he ended up sharing playing time in center field with Larry Stahl.
    More Details Hide Details Following the season, the Mets acquired Jones' childhood friend Tommie Agee from the Chicago White Sox. Jones was moved to left field with the former Gold Glove-winner Agee playing center field.
  • 1966
    Age 23
    Jones was awarded the starting center fielder job in 1966, and batted .275 with eight home runs, 57 runs batted in and sixteen stolen bases to finish tied for fourth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting.
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  • 1964
    Age 21
    After spending all of 1964 with the triple A Buffalo Bisons, Jones made the Mets out of Spring training and was in the 1965 season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details Jones was demoted to Buffalo on May 2 with a .156 batting average. He again received a call up to New York that September, and hit his first major league home run on September 22 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished the season with a .149 batting average.
  • 1963
    Age 20
    Jones signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details After batting over .300 for both the Carolina League Raleigh Mets and New York–Penn League Auburn Mets, Jones received a September call-up to the major league club without having played double or triple A ball. He got two hits in 15 at-bats for a .133 batting average during his stint with the New York Mets.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on August 4, 1942.
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