In Memory of Tommie Agee

Heart attack fatal to Mets' hero Agee
The Houston Chronicle
January 23, 2001

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NEW YORK - Tommie Agee , the center fielder who made two of the greatest catches in World Series history to help the New York Mets win their unexpected title in 1969, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 58.

Agee collapsed while walking out of a midtown Manhattan office building. Emergency Medical Service workers found him in cardiac arrest and used a defibrillator en route to Bellevue Hospital but could not resuscitate him.

"It's a shock to all of us," former Mets teammate Ed Kranepool said. "Tommie and I maintained a close friendship since our playing days. He was a conscientious person who did so much for the kids of the city."

Agee spent 12 seasons in the major leagues with Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, the Mets, the Astros (in 1973) and St. Louis, retiring in 1973 with a .255 career average and 130 home runs.

"He was a great friend and the way he conducted himself after his playing days were over was admirable. He's gone way too soon," said Ron Swoboda, another Mets teammate.

Agee led the Mets in home runs (26) and RBIs (76) in 1969 but is best remembered for Game 3 of the World Series.

He homered off Jim Palmer leading off the bottom of the first inning and made two catches that probably saved five runs.

First, he dashed into left-center in the fourth inning and stuck out his glove, catching the ball backhanded in the webbing to rob Elrod Hendricks with runners at the corners and two outs.

In the seventh, he made a sliding catch in right-center to rob Paul Blair with two outs and the bases loaded.