Jim McAndrew, member of Miracle Mets, dies at 80


Jim McAndrew, a member of the Miracle Mets of 1969, has died at age 80.

A Mets spokesperson announced Friday that he passed away after a short illness earlier this week in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A right-hander, McAndrew pitched on a 1969 staff that included Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Gary Gentry and Jerry Koosman, but still managed to start 21 of his 27 appearances that season as the fifth starter. He was 6-7 with a 3.47 ERA with four complete games and two shutouts.

He did not appear in the 1969 World Series when the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles in five games.

McAndrew, an Iowa native, played for the Mets from 1968-73 and with the San Diego Padres in 1974. In 161 career games (110 starts), he had a 37-53 record, 20 complete games, six shutouts, four saves and a 3.65 ERA.