Met Legend Bud Harrleson Passes Away
Mets legend Bud Harrleson passed away Thursday at the age of 79.
According to the New York Post, Harrelson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2016.
A member of the Miracle Mets of 1969, Harrelson was a beloved figure for Mets fans, who had been a major part of the franchise both as a player, coach and manager.
A two-time National League All Star in 1970 and 1971, Harrelson played 13 years in the Major League’s for the Mets, amassing 1,029 hits (7th all time in Mets history), and 490 runs scored (11th all time in Mets history). He is also third all time in triples with 45, and eighth all time in Mets history in stolen bases with 115.
Harrelson had three hits and a run scored in the 1969 World Series that the Mets won in five games over the Baltimore Orioles. Four years later, he was a member of the 1973 National League champions, who lost to Oakland in seven games of that World Series. However, his postseason in ’73 is probably best remembered for fighting Pete Rose at second base when Rose slid hard into second base with Harrleson covering.
He would win his second World Series ring in 1986 as a member of the Mets coaching staff. In fact he was the third base coach when Ray Knight famously scored the game winning run in Game 6 of the World Series against Boston. Harrleson later managed the Metropolitans from 1990-91, winning 145 games.
He would spend his later years managing the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.