Mets great Bud Harrelson dead at 79

Mets great Bud Harrelson dead at 79

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Bud Harrelson, a two-time All-Star shortstop who won a World Series with the , has died, the team announced on Thursday. He was 79.

Harrelson made his debut with the Mets in 1965. He played for the team until 1977. He was on the 1969 Mets’ World Series-winning team. He also played for the and Texas Rangers.

New York Mets Bud Harrelson, #3, in action against the Oakland Athletics in Flushing, Queens, New York. (Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

“We were saddened to learn of Mets Hall of Famer Buddy Harrelson’s passing,” Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alex said in a statement. “He was skilled defender and spark plug on the 1969 Miracle Mets. The Gold Glove shortstop played 13 years in Queens, appearing in more games at short than anyone else in team history. 

“Buddy was the third base coach on the 1986 World Champs, becoming the only person to be in uniform on both winning teams. We extend our deepest condolences to his entire family.”

Bud Harrelson vs Cubs

Bud Harrelson in action against the Chicago Cubs. (Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

The Harrelson family said a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

According to SNY, Harrelson battled Alzheimer’s disease.

Harrelson was an All-Star for the Mets in 1970 and 1971. He earned some MVP votes those two seasons as well and won a Gold Glove in 1971.

He hit .234 with a .611 OPS in 1,322 games in a Mets uniform.

Bud Harrelson managing

Manager Bud Harrelson, #3 of the New York Mets, looks on from the dugout during a Major League baseball game circa 1990. Harrelson managed for the Mets from 1990-91. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

He managed the Mets for the back half of 1990 and the front half of 1991. He was 145-129 as a manager.

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