Longtime Mets employee Jim Plummer dies at 56
NEW YORK: Jim Plummer, who had been with the New York Mets' organization since he was Nolan Ryan's minor league bat boy in 1965, died Tuesday at New York University Medical Center. He was 56.
Plummer had a liver and kidney transplant last weekend and died of a heart attack, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.
Plummer started with the Mets in Marion, Va., and moved up to the major league team in 1976. At the time of his death, he was director of corporate sales.
"Plum was a friend who helped me get adjusted to New York," former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden said in a statement released by the team. "He was there for me whenever I needed something."
Plummer was given a "Ya Gotta Believe" award by the team last April, and it was presented to him by former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry.
Plummer is survived by his wife, Tee, and a son, Jonathan. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.