Joe Frazier, who was born in Liberty, N.C., played parts of four seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder for Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Baltimore in the early 1950s.
He batted .241 with 10 homers in 217 games, then went on to a long career as a minor league coach and manager before getting his big break with the Mets.
In 1976, his only full season as a major league manager, Frazier guided the Mets to 86 victories and a third-place finish in the National League East behind star pitchers Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Jon Matlack.
Frazier never managed in the big leagues again.
Joe Frazier’s first wife of 50 years, Thelma, died in 1998.
Joe Frazier is also survived by three children _ Joe Frazier, Jr., Cindy Means and Marty Frazier _ from his first marriage.