Al Jackson, Member Of Original 1962 Mets, Dies At 83

Alex Greenberg
August 19, 2019 - 3:09 pm
Former Mets pitcher Al Jackson throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a Mets game against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 15, 2015, at Citi Field.

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Al Jackson, one of the original Mets, has died at the age of 83.

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Jackson, who pitched for the Mets and then spent decades working for the team as a coach and as a member of the front office, passed away on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In 1962, Jackson was one of the original Mets. He was a key part of the franchise's first ever MLB team.

The Mets announced his passing on Twitter with some words about just how much Jackson meant to the organization's history.

Jackson played in New York from 1962-1965, and then again in 1968 and 1969. He was on that famous 1969 “Miracle” Mets team, but was sold to the Cincinnati Reds in June. The Waco, Texas native also had stints with the Pirates and Cardinals.

It was Jackson who initially had the Mets' record for wins, at least until Tom Seaver passed him in '69. His final tally in the big leagues stands at 67-99.

After his retirement, Jackson had a lengthy coaching career. He was a pitching coach for the Red Sox and Orioles, but spent most of his coaching career as a minor league instructor for the Mets. He was also on Bobby Valentine’s staff in 1999-2000.