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Pete Flynn, then the Mets’ head groundskeeper, preparing the pitching mound at Shea Stadium before a team workout in 1981

NYT: Pete Flynn was a New York Met longer than Ed Kranepool, Keith Hernandez and Bud Harrelson combined. He stayed with the team as it went from National League punch line to World Series champion, and as it moved from the Polo Grounds to Shea Stadium and then to Citi Field.

Mr. Flynn, who was a Mets groundskeeper for almost 50 years, died on Wednesday on the way to a hospital in Middletown, Conn. He was 79.

His daughter Eileen Flynn said he had been in poor health since an operation for skin cancer in March.

Having been with the team since its inception, in 1962, Mr. Flynn was named head groundskeeper in 1974, a post he held until 2001, overseeing a crew that now has more than 15 members. Rather than retire, though, he rejoined the crew.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/sports/baseball/obituary-pete-flynn-dead-mets-groundskeeper.html?