Former Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn has passed away this morning at the age of 79, the team announced Wednesday.
"Pete helped make our fields one of the best in baseball," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement. "He took such pride in his work and was a pro's pro. Tom Seaver always said Shea Stadium's mound had no equal. That's a pretty good endorsement."
Flynn, who started working with the Mets at the Polo Grounds in 1962, became the team's head groundskeeper in 1974 and held the position until 2001. He remained with the organization until his retirement in 2011. Most notably, Flynn oversaw the operations at Shea Stadium in 1975 when the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants all used the facility for home games.
"I had the Yankees, and the Mets, and the Jets and the Giants all playing at Shea," he told MLB.com in 2015. "Unbelievable. I worked like six months without a day off. It nearly killed me."
He was given the Mets Hall of Fame Achievement Award in 2012 and was inducted into MLB's Groundskeeper Hall of Fame in 2015.