Frank Cashen, architect of the ’86 World Series Mets, dies at 91

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NEW YORK - JULY 31:  Former general manager Frank Cashen speaks during a press conference for his induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JULY 31: Former general manager Frank Cashen speaks during a press conference for his induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Frank Cashen, the Mets general manager widely credited with building the storied 1986 team that won the World Series, has died at 91, the Mets front office confirmed.

Cashen, a former sportswriter, is credited with turning around a club that finished last in their division just three years before they won the World Series.

In 1983, Cashen brought Mets star first baseman Keith Hernandez to New York in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Under his guidance, the team also signed all stars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry from their farm system.

Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon, who hired Cashen, remembered the former GM in the following statement:

“On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family. Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over in 1980 as General Manager and helped engineer us to a World Championship in 1986. I dealt with Frank on a daily basis and he was a man of integrity and great passion. No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history.”