It has been a long time since Bud Harrelson was the headline story in New York sports, decades in fact. But this morning, the former Mets All-Star shortstop was splashed across the back page of the New York Post beside the headline “Buddy’s Battle.”
Harrelson, now 73, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The story has spread quickly on social media and baseball fans are responding with encouraging words to Harrelson and his family.
Harrelson played 16 major league seasons, 13 years with the Mets (1965-1977). He won a Gold Glove (1971) and appeared in two All-Star Games (1970, 1971). Harrelson was a member of the Mets 1969 World Series championship team and the 1973 National League championship.