And then there was a less fondly remembered lesson Casey taught Ron. Or write about sports? Swoboda enjoyed perhaps his best season under Hodges in 1968, batting .242 with 450 at bats (a career high) in 132 games, and he led the team in RBIs with 59, triples with 6, and walks with 52, all personal bests. (3) Gergen, Joe, “Shea’s Amazin’ Grace,” New York Newsday, July 25, 2004 (5) Leonard Koppett, “3 Home Runs Hit Off Spahn in 6th; Swoboda’s ‘Grand Slam’ Is Ruled a Single–Rose Goes 5 for 5 at Bat”, The New York Times, May 1, 1965, p.22. When he reached the top of the dugout steps, he angrily stomped on a batting helmet with the intent of smashing it. Notes (1) Golenbock, Peter, Amazin’: The Miraculous History of New York’s Most Beloved Baseball Team, St. Martin’s Press (New York, 2002), p. 165 (2) Freeman, Kevin, “Ron Swoboda, October star of the Miracle Mets, savors his good fortune,” Intelligencer Journal, July 16, 2004, p. D-1. Swoboda hit a grand slam home run off the plywood wall–except second base umpire Frank Secory never signaled that the ball left the playing field. His lifetime slugging average was .379 and his on-base percentage .324. Swoboda appeared in just 39 games for the Expos, and on June 25 he was traded to the New York Yankees for Ron Woods. Survived by his wife, Tiffany Pigeon Swoboda; his parents, Ron and Cecilia Swoboda; brother, Brian Swoboda (Charlene); his four children, Matthieu, Christopher, Kaylin and Caroline; stepchildren, Meredith and Daniel Paisant Jr.; and nieces, Abby and Sophia. The tying run scored on the play, but Swoboda's catch kept the Orioles from having a big inning and allowed the Mets to rally late and win the pivotal game. The ball got by him, and all three Cardinal runners scored. In that Series, one of the more famous upsets in baseball history, Swoboda batted 15 times and collected six hits, the most by any player from either team, with three coming in Game Four and two in Game Five. I first met Ron when he visited a next door neighbor. Ron Jr. Survived by his wife, Tiffany Pigeon Swoboda; his parents, Ron and… From a Mets fan in the NYC area. And then there was this one that got away. Join SABR’s Golden Lineup to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary! The Dignity Memorial brand name is used to identify a network of licensed funeral, cremation and cemetery providers that include affiliates of Service Corporation International, 1929 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas. On May 23, 1965, in a game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Mets took a 3-0 lead into the 9th inning, with Mets reliever Larry Bearnarth on the mound. Ron recalls Yogi’s famous quote: “Anybody who couldn’t hear that ball hit the wood is blind.”  Swoboda hit two grand slams in his career. He played goalkeeper for the freshmen soccer team at the University of Maryland as well. That was it in a microcosm.” (1) Later on in the summer of 1964, he played for the Williamsport Mets in the Eastern League, the New York Mets’ Double-A club, but returned to Buffalo for the playoffs later that summer. I'm a better person by being his friend.Charles Hall. The last year of his playing career was the first year of the designated hitter rule in the American League. Swoboda did DH against lefty John Curtis in the third game of that season-opening series. People with this huge a heart don't come around often. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries. Ron Swoboda was born on June 30 1944, in Baltimore. Please allow 24 hours for your entry to be reviewed for appropriate content. You will forever be in my heart and mind. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Rest In Peace brother. He wore uniform number 14 that year. Survived by his wife, Tiffany Pigeon Swoboda; his parents, Ron and Cecilia Swoboda; brother, Brian Swoboda … Frank Robinson tagged and scored but Swoboda’s grab prevented the go-ahead run from being plated. © 2020 SCI SHARED RESOURCES, LLC. Swoboda hit a career-high 19 home runs that year, which led the Mets, and was the most home runs hit by a Mets rookie until Daryl Strawberry hit 26 in 1983. Condolences to Cecelia, Ron and Brian Swoboda and the rest of the Swoboda family on the untimely loss of your son and brother. As a rookie in 1965, in only his second major league at bat, the right-handed hitting slugger hit a long, pinch-hit home run over the back wall of the bullpen at Shea Stadium. Fielding did not come as easily to Swoboda as hitting, but he had a strong and accurate arm and always worked hard at improving his fielding technique. ("The longest ball I ever hit," says Swoboda.) The Mets would upset the Orioles in five games. In fact, Swoboda did not get a single at bat in the 1969 National League Championship Series, in which the Mets swept Atlanta in three games, because the Braves started three right-handed pitchers -Phil Niekro, Ron Reed and Pat Jarvis. But Ron was leagues ahead with his understanding of the nuances of all the styles and what it takes to make a good brew. Playing catch or just hanging out as kids when he'd come visit his grandparents on Lakeview Avenue was always fun because of his larger-than-life personality. We wish we could’ve spent some time with him to learn more about the craft. On March 1, 1999, he appeared on the popular TV show Everybody Loves Raymond with other members of the 1969 New York Mets, including Agee and Kranepool. He was the Mets leftfielder in 1965 and 1966 but slid over to right when Tommy Davis joined the Mets in 1967, while Cleon Jones covered centerfield. The Mets would upset the Orioles in five games. After baseball, Swoboda turned to writing and TV and radio broadcasting, holding jobs in New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix and New Orleans. Ron's hobbies and interests include studying impressionist art and New Orleans history. Viewing will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Until we meet again. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Ron's baseball coach was Andy McDonald. In his first professional game, Swoboda had three hits including a home run in five at bats. My condolences to Ron and Cecilia and all the family. I think I speak on behalf of all Mets fans of my generation in passing along condolences from the Blue and Orange Nation. Most recently, he worked as a professional chauffeur. Swoboda hit a home run for every 36 times at bat while playing for the Mets. Fielding did not come as easily to Swoboda as hitting, but he had a strong and accurate arm and always worked hard at improving his fielding technique. I would trust him with my life more than any "religious" person. Instead, his foot stuck in the helmet, and he continued to kick at it to shake it off while taking the field. The obituary was featured in … Ron Swoboda passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana. We know Rocky from PSL. I first met Ron when we worked together at Houston’s. He had 53 outfield assists in his career and a lifetime .972 fielding percentage. In the top of the ninth, with the Mets holding onto a 1-0 lead courtesy of Donn Clendenon's second inning home run off Mike Cuellar, Frank Robinson and Boog Powell each singled to put runners on first and third with one out for the Orioles. In his first professional game, Swoboda had three hits including a home run in five at bats. On March 1, 1999, he appeared on the popular TV show Everybody Loves Raymond with other members of the 1969 New York Mets, including Agee and Kranepool. To the Swoboda Family, Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Another significant hit in Ron's career was a single off Mike Kekich of the Dodgers on August 4, 1968. However, with the flashy fielding and switch-hitting rookie outfielder Rod Gaspar joining Swoboda and left-handed hitting Shamsky in 1969, Hodges’ strategy of platooning batters reduced Swoboda’s playing time to 109 games and 327 at bats in that championship year. I will always remember his smile and laughter. Survived by his wife, Tiffany Pigeon Swoboda; his parents, Ron and Cecilia Swoboda; brother, Brian Swoboda (Charlene); his four children, Matthieu, Christopher, Kaylin and Caroline; stepchildren, Meredith and Daniel Paisant Jr.; and nieces, Abby and Sophia. Catching up as adults was always just as entertaining. He played 125 games in right field in 1968 with career highs in total chances (231), putouts (217) and assists (14). Our deepest sympathy to you & your family in the loss of your son. The pitcher was Bill Henry. The pitcher was Turk Farrell of the Houston Astros. On August 4th that season, he hit a three-run, pinch-hit, walk-off home run to beat the Giants 8-6 at Shea Stadium. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.Karen (Kline) Wilson & Family. That man could sure melt my heart!! I’m so very sorry and broken-hearted for you. In the 1969 World Series, Ron got his chance when the Baltimore Orioles started Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally, two lefties, in four of the five games. Join our linker program. Swoboda finished his nine-year playing career with a lifetime batting average of .242 in 928 games (his career high was .281 in 1967). When center fielder Vada Pinson threw the ball back to the infield, one run scored but the other runners held, and all Swoboda got was a long single. I am truly heartbroken to hear of RJ's passing. (5) Baseball Weekly Cover Report, July 24, 2002. Yet, this is not the moment in the 1969 Series for which Swoboda is most remembered. Our family also knows all too well how terrible it is to lose a younger member of the family. Ron and his wife Cecilia, whom he met at the University of Maryland, were married on October 9, 1965. Ron also played 20 games at first base for the Mets under manager Wes Westrum in 1967, including opening day. When the Mets traded for centerfielder Tommie Agee from the Chicago White Sox in 1968, the Mets were now able to play Cleon in left, and Swoboda and newly-acquired Art Shamsky in right. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. "I was not prepared to be awed...but I was.". The loss of a child is most painful. Of course, you can always hang around the Jazz Clubs in New Orleans where he’s a regular customer. Ron Swoboda comes out of nowhere for a diving catch of Brooks Robinson's line drive in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 1969 World Series. Great memories growing up on Long Island down the street from the Swoboda family. Ned. Dear Tiffany, I'm so sorry for your loss. Exceeded rookie limits during 1965 season, View Player Bio He played 125 games in right field in 1968 with career highs in total chances (231), putouts (217) and assists (14). To Rocky, Cecilia, Brian and the Swoboda family:My condolences on the loss of your son, brother and family man. Ron Swoboda, Jr., 53, passed away on January 27, 2020 following a short illness. On a night when the Cardinal southpaw struck out 19 batters, setting a new major league record, Swoboda hit two two-run home runs off Carlton. My condolences hewas a good coach but a better Dad, Ron,My heart breaks for you, your wife, and your entire family. The bases were soon loaded. Ron was fascinated by Stengel. I know you had wonderful memories.Love, Carol Duarte Barrios, Tiffany, I cannot imagine the pain and sadness you feel. Debbie. I had no idea how much he would impact my life. Here’s the Catch coming out on June 11th. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. They had 2 sons: Brian Christopher Swoboda and Ron Swoboda . And Family, Ron was one of the sweetest, most loving men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. After baseball, Swoboda turned to writing and TV and radio broadcasting, holding jobs in New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix and New Orleans. He sat there, alone, and cried. 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