Al Jackson

New York Mets

Al Jackson, One Of The Original 1962 Mets, Dies At 83

August 19, 2019 - 4:11 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Al Jackson, one of the original pitchers for the New York Mets, has died at the age of 83.

Jackson, who spent 50 years with the team, died Monday at the Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Florida after a long illness, according to the Mets organization.

Jackson joined the Mets as a pitcher in 1962 and became a key part of the franchise’s first ever MLB team.

“He was a pitcher, major league coach, minor league pitching coordination and front office advisor,” said the Mets in a statement. “It would be importable to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career.”

Jackson played in New York from 1962 until 1965, and then again in 1968 and 1969. He was apart of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” team, but was sold to the Cincinnati Reds in June.

He also initially held the Mets’ record for wins before Tom Seaver passed him in 1969. His final record in the major leagues was 67-99.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine, two sons – Reggie and Barry – and two grandchildren – Wesley and Kyle.