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The Jackson Mets began play in 1975 when the New York Mets decided to relocate their AA franchise, the Victoria Toros, to Jackson, Mississippi. The team, which played its home games at Smith-Wills Stadium, captured three Texas League titles. In 1980, under the leadership of manager Bob Wellman, they won their first championship. Pitcher Tim Leary went 15-8 that season, and future big leaguer Jesse Orosco was the club's closer. Rookie skipper Sam Perlozzo led them to another title in 1984. The team's lineup that year included Billy Beane, who hit 20 home runs, and Lenny Dykstra, who stole 53 bases. The Mets pitching staff was anchored by Calvin Schiraldi, who went 14-3, and also featured Rick Aguilera, Roger McDowell, Jay Tibbs, and Floyd Youmans. The next year, the team repeated as champs, led by Dave Magadan, Randy Milligan, Mark Carreon, and Barry Lyons, all of whom hit over .300.

Other notable names to play for the Mets include Lee Mazzilli, Mookie Wilson, Mike Scott, Jeff Reardon, Hubie Brooks, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin Mitchell, and Kevin Elster. Davey Johnson also managed the club in 1981.

From 1978 to 1987, the Mets were consistently one of the best teams in the Texas League, making the playoffs nine times (eight in a row), seven championship series (five in a row), three league championships, and three league MVPs.

After the 1990 season, the Jackson Mets became a Houston Astros affiliate and were renamed the Jackson Generals.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1975 65-65 4th John Antonelli
1976 69-66 4th John Antonelli
1977 62-68 5th (t) Bob Wellman
1978 76-58 4th Bob Wellman Lost League Finals
1979 70-65 5th Bob Wellman
1980 74-62 4th (t) Bob Wellman Lost in 1st round
1981 68-66 4th Davey Johnson League Champs
1982 68-65 3rd Gene Dusan Lost in 1st round
1983 69-67 3rd (t) Bob Schaefer Lost League Finals Bob Apodaca
1984 83-53 2nd Sam Perlozzo League Champs
1985 73-63 2nd Sam Perlozzo League Champs
1986 72-63 3rd Mike Cubbage Lost League Finals
1987 70-66 5th (t) Tucker Ashford Lost League Finals
1988 61-75 7th Tucker Ashford
1989 61-74 7th Steve Swisher Bob Apodaca
1990 73-62 3rd Clint Hurdle Lost in 1st round Bob Apodaca
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