Former New York Mets wide receiver John Stearns died Thursday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 71.
Stearns played ten seasons with the Mets between 1975 and 1984, being invited to the All-Star Game four times. He was also on the Mets coaching staff in 2000 and 2001.
Despite his illness, Stearns attended Alumni Day on August 28 at Citi Field.
Stearns was a first-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1973 draft, and the Mets acquired Stearns in a trade that notably involved Tug McGraw.
During his career, Stearns has caught pitches from Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Jon Matlock, among others.