Pete Flynn never played a game for the Mets, but the Queens resident is being recognized for his work on the baseball diamond.
Flynn, who lives in Queens Village, was one of two groundskeepers selected by peers to the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. Flynn and the late Pat Santarone of the Baltimore Orioles will be the sixth and seventh members to be inducted.
To be eligible for induction, a person must no longer be working in the field and must have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the major league level. The MLB Groundskeepers Association votes on nominees, with each team receiving one vote. Each nominee must have 75 percent of the vote of all active members to be inducted.
Flynn started as a groundskeeper with the Mets during the team's inaugural season in 1962 at the Polo Grounds. He became the head groundskeeper 12 years later in 1974 and held that position until 2001. He continued as part of the team's grounds crew until his retirement in 2011.
"It's a huge honor to be recognized by your peers," Flynn said in a statement. "I have a lot of fond memories from my time with the Mets, going from the Polo Grounds, to Shea [Stadium], to Citi Field. It's a great way to cap my career."
Flynn didn't just handle the Mets' groundskeeping at Shea Stadium. He also handled the Jets' groundskeeping at Shea from 1964 to 1983 and the two-year period in 1974 and 1975 when both the Yankees and the Mets shared the ballpark during Yankee Stadium's renovation, on top of various concerts.
Flynn also had a decorated off-field resume, donating tools and offering grounds advice to local Catholic schools. He was inducted into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Mets Hall of Fame in 2012.