Tom Sturdivant started his Major League career with the New York Yankees in 1955 and posted back to back 16 win seasons in 1956 and 1957 before a rotator cuff injury sidetracked his once promising career. He then spent the next six seasons bouncing around the league before landing with the Mets in 1964. Along the way he had the distinction of being the losing pitcher in the Mets first win in franchise history. On April 23, 1962 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sturdivant started the game and gave up five runs in just one inning of work as the Mets coasted to a 9-1 victory.
The Mets signed Tom Sturdivant as a free agent on May 10, 1964 and he made his debut with the club on the same day. He pitched three innings in relief allowing four runs in the Mets 10-1 loss to the St Louis Cardinals. Tom Sturdivant would pitch in sixteen games, all out of the bullpen, for the Mets in 1964 posting a 5.97 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. On June 27th the Mets released Sturdivant ending his career.
While with the Mets Sturdivant wore number 47.
Tom Sturdivant also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1955-1959
Kansas City A’s = 1959,1963,1964
Boston Red Sox – 1960
Washington Senators – 1961
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1961-1963
Detroit Tigers – 1963