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Bud Harrelson Obituary News: Shortstop for 1969 ‘Miracle Mets,’ Bud Harrelson dies at 79

Bud Harrelson Obituary – Cause of Death: Shortstop for 1969 ‘Miracle Mets,’ Bud Harrelson dies at 79.

Derrel McKinley “Bud” Harrelson, an American professional baseball shortstop, coach, and manager, died of Alzheimer’s disease in East Northport, New York, on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. He was 79 years old.

Harrelson played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers from 1965 to 1980. After his retirement as a player, he served as a coach for the World Champion 1986 Mets, and as manager of the Mets in 1990 and 1991. He was a coach and part-owner of the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Harrelson was born on D-Day: June 6, 1944. He grew up in Hayward, California, where he attended Sunset High School, graduating in 1962. He enrolled at San Francisco State University and after one year, signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1963.

He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. Harrelson was the only person to take part in both of the Mets’ World Series championships and appear in the first three world series for the team; he won in 1969 and appeared in the 1973 World Series as a player and in 1986 as a coach. Harrelson was also the only person in Mets franchise history to have appeared in four playoff seasons; that being as a player in 1969 and 1973; and as a coach in 1986 and 1988.

“Buddy Harrelson was a beloved member of our #Mets family. His former teammates, coaches and others who knew him pay tribute,” The New York Mets said in a social media post.