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Remembering the departed

Today is All Saints Day. In the Protestant church, it’s a time to remember the people who have departed this world and joined the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

On this day of remembering, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the members of the New York Mets family who we’ve lost over the past year.

  • Ray Sadecki – November 17, 2014 (Player 1970-1977)
  • Bill Monbouquette – January 25, 2015 (Coach 1982-1983)
  • Charlie Williams – January 27, 2015 (Player 1971)
  • Jeff McKnight – March 1, 2015 (Player 1989, 1992-94)
  • Nelson Doubleday – June 17, 2015 (Co-Owner 1980-2002)
  • Daryl Hamilton – June 21, 2015 (Player 1991-2001)
  • Yogi Berra – September 22, 2015 (Player 1965; Coach 1965-1971; Manager 1972-1975)
  • Dean Chance – October 11, 2015 (Player 1970)
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Jeff McKnight (1963-2015)

Signed Jeff McKnight 1991 Score baseball card from my collection
Signed Jeff McKnight 1991 Score baseball card from my collection

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.

Signed Minnie Minoso 1961 Topps baseball card from my collection
Signed Minnie Minoso 1961 Topps baseball card from my collection

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.