Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young passed away Tuesday at the age of 51, the Mets confirmed in a press release this afternoon. Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January. Lenny Harris, former Mets player and friend of Young, had said Young had fallen into a coma Monday night.
Young became a well-known figure among Mets fans and the entire baseball community for infamously losing 27 consecutive times over the course of the 1992 and 1993 seasons with the Mets. The streak started on May 6, 1992, and ended on July 28, 1993, when Young finally picked up a win in relief against the Marlins.
But Young was able to make the narrative of the streak not a story of repeated failure and futility but rather a story of preserverence. His attitude towards his historic streak made him a popular and beloved figure, and he even appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno while the streak was happening.
Young spent three seasons in New York, from 1991 through 1993, and went 5-35 in 101 games and 31 starts over that time, but he also he a 3.82 ERA. Young later spent two seasons with the Cubs and one with the Astros before retiring from baseball after the 1996 season.