The Mets family unfortunately lost one of its original members in Al Jackson, who passed away in Port St. Lucie on Monday at 83.
Jackson pitched for the Mets in their inaugural season in 1962, where he spent four seasons before being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. He would return to the Mets in 1968 and played halfway through the 1969 season before being traded to the Reds where he would finish his career that season.
Jackson's 43 wins with New York was the team's record until Tom Seaver would break it. But his connection with the Mets didn't stop after his playing days.
The Waco, Texas native served as a minor league instructor with the Mets as well as the minor league pitching coordinator. He also was part of Bobby Valentine's staff during the 1999-2000 season.
"We are saddened to hear about the passing of Al Jackson, an original Met, who spent 50 years in a New York Mets uniform," the team said in an official statement. "He was a pitcher, major league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front office advisor. It would be impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career."
Overall, Jackson played six seasons with the Mets, owning a 4.26 ERA over 184 games. His career ERA was at 3.98.