Jeff McKnight, a utility player who appeared in 173 games for the New York Mets in 1989 and 1992-94, passed away on Sunday after battling leukemia for 10 years. He was 52.
McKnight, better known for wearing a record five different uniform numbers during his New York career than any of his accomplishments while wearing blue and orange, is the third former Mets player or coach we’ve lost so far in 2015.
Charlie Williams, a Flushing native who was traded for Willie Mays after pitching in 31 games for the 1971 Mets, died on Jan. 27. Bill Monbouquette, the Mets pitching coach in 1982 and 1983, died on Jan. 25.
Former Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso also passed away on Sunday. He made his major league debut two years after Jackie Robinson, was Major League Baseball’s first black Latino star.