Al Jackson Honored Today

By Jay Horwitz

There was no better man than the late Al Jackson, who on Saturday will receive the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

An original Met, he pitched the first one hitter in team history and was with our organization for over 50 years. He lost 20 games twice and but he never let those seasons define his career.

“Casey (Stengel) had to have a lot of faith in me to keep running me out there all those times,” Al once told me. “If he wasn’t any good I wouldn’t have pitched that much.” Al was a tutor so so many young Mets pitchers, especially Ron Darling who will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame on Saturday.