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Original Mets lefty Jackson dead at 83

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 am

Al Jackson, the Met pitcher with the most victories before Tom Seaver, died on Monday after a long illness at the Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the team announced. He was 83.

The southpaw went 43-80 in six seasons with the Mets. His 10 shutouts were also a team record until Seaver surpassed the mark. Seaver would also pass Jackson in the losses column.

Jackson pitched a shutout for the Mets’ first win at Shea Stadium, a 6-0 victory over the Pirates on April 19, 1964. He also threw a pair of 1-0 wins against Bob Gibson and the Cardinals.

“It would be impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career,” the team said.

Jackson pitched for the Mets from 1962 to 1965 and 1968 to 1969. The lefty appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen for the Miracle Mets title team.

After his playing career, Jackson became a coach. He was a pitching coach in the late ’70s with the Red Sox — managed by 1962 Met Don Zimmer — and the Orioles from 1989 to 1991.

He was part of the Mets organization for decades, as a minor league coach, spring training instructor and bullpen coach.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Nadine, two children and two grandchildren.

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