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RIP To New York Mets’ Longtime Groundskeeper Pete Flynn

Easily recognizable with his fire-red hair and beard, Flynn was an original Met who began his tenure with the team during New York’s inaugural season in 1962 at the old Polo Grounds. He was the head groundskeeper at Shea Stadium from 1974-2001 and remained on the grounds crew until retiring in 2011, two years after the Mets moved into Citi Field.

… One of Flynn’s most charming memories was of driving The Beatles on the field in front of 55,000 screaming fans for their famous concert at Shea Stadium in 1965. In his distinctive Irish brogue, Flynn even reminded Paul McCartney of that ride when the former band member and rock `n’ roll icon returned to play on stage with Billy Joel during his last concert at Shea in 2008.

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