Bud Harrelson Net Worth Before Death: Career Earnings & Income

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Bud Harrelson net worth before his demise is believed to be $10 million. The New York Mets legend Harrelson was also the co-founder of Long Island Ducks.

Harrelson was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. The shortstop played for three MLB teams but spent the majority of his time with the Mets.

The Shortstop Is Remembered For His Time With The Mets
The Shortstop Is Remembered For His Time With The Mets (Source: Twitter)

He also played for the Phillies and Texas Rangers. Harrelson was credited for helping the Mets to their 1969 World Series championship and the 1973 National League pennant. After his retirement, Harrelson joined the Mets’ coaching staff and also became their manager in 1990.

In 2016, the MLB legend learned he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Harrelson passed away at age 79 at his East Northport, New York home. 

Bud Harrelson Net Worth Before Death

Bud Harrelson net worth before his demise is believed to be at $10 million. Harrelson played in the league for 15 years.

Though most of his earnings came as a baseball player, Bud also focused on investment after retirement. In 2000, Harrelson became co-owner of the minor-league baseball team, Long Island Ducks.

Harrelson co-founded the team alongside Ducks owner and CEO Frank Boulton. In 1993, Bud bought Peninsula Pilots of Hampton, Virginia, from New York lawyer Jay Acton for $1.6 million. 

In 2013, Forbes magazine reported that Boulton also had a share in Peninsula Pilots. After they moved the club to Wilmington, Delaware, the two sold the team for over $5 million after a couple of years. 

Harrelson Was Open About His Alzheimer Diagnosis
Harrelson Was Open About His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis (Source: Twitter)

After they relocated to Delaware, the two renamed the team Wilmington Blue Rocks. During his time as a Ducks owner, Harrelson also managed the side, and his jersey number 3 was retired in 2018.

An article from the New York Post in 2018 mentioned that along with having a house in Long Island, Bud also had a condo in Venice, Florida. After he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016, Bud started to be involved with various charities. 

The Alzheimer’s Association stated that Bud and his family regularly partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Harrelson loved giving back to the Long Island community. He would be part of various charitable events, including “Beat Buddy” on a par 3, a golf outing. 

The MLB legend would spend time visiting the pediatric units of hospitals and also the Make-A-Wish foundation events.

In 2022, the Mets legend was honored by a team participating in the ninth annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in North Babylon. 1,500 Long Islanders helped raise money and find a cure for the brain disorder.

Bud Harrelson Career Earnings 

Bud Harrelson played in the MLB from the mid-60s to the late 70s. The contracts at the time weren’t as ridiculous as it is today. 

Harrelson started his MLB journey with the Mets and spent a major part of his career with the New York Team. An article from the New York Times from 1968 states that the Mets signed Harrelson for $18,000.

The article also clarified that the Mets increased his salary by $8000 from last season. Four years later, the New York Times published another article saying that Harrelson was holding out for a $70,000 contract, but the Mets had offered him $65,000.

Harrelson Was One Of The Few Mets Players To Earn Above $100K
Harrelson Was One Of The Few Mets Players To Earn Above $100K (Source: Twitter)

And it was only in 1975 that Harrelson got his desired $70,000 contract. It was his 10th contract with the Mets. In his last season with the Mets in 1977, Harrelson was one of half a dozen other Mets players to earn above the $100,000 mark. 

In 1978, the Mets traded Harrelson for a minor-league infielder and about $50,000. The move to the Phillies made the 33-year-old Bud a backup to Larry Bowa.

After spending two seasons with the Phillies, Harrelson joined the Texas Rangers in 1980, and this was his last season in the MLB. In 1990, he became the Mets’ manager but was fired early in the 1991 season. 

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