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New York Mets: "Meet the Mets" Organist Jane Jarvis Dies at 94

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  The New York Mets line up during pre game ceremonies prior to playing the San Diego Padres on April 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jeff SpencerContributor IFebruary 9, 2010

Organist Jane Jarvis is still remembered by some long-time New York Mets fans who can recall her playing songs like "Meet the Mets'' during games at Shea Stadium.

Her son, Brian Jarvis, said on Sunday that his mother died Jan. 25 at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 94-years-old.

A classically trained musician and jazz pianist, Jane Jarvis embarked on a parallel career at Muzak Corporation in the late 1960s.

She started as a receptionist and retired in 1978 after becoming a company executive responsible for programming. She hired jazz musicians to create soothing background tunes.

She was the ballpark organist for the Mets from 1964 to 1979. She continued playing at Manhattan nightclubs into her 80s.

This is a sad day for Mets fans, even for the ones who may not know who Jane Jarvis was. During those tough games, when the Mets fought through to regain the lead, she was the driving power behind the screaming fans that rocked Shea Stadium.

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