Tom Seaver, the Mets’ most completed pitcher and participant in franchise historical past, died Monday on the age of 75.
Seaver, whose exploits on the pitching mound earned him the moniker “Tom Terrific,” reportedly died from issues of Lewy Physique dementia and COVID-19.
“We’re heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has handed away,” spouse Nancy Seaver and daughters Sarah and Anne stated in a Wednesday assertion. “We ship our love out to his followers, as we mourn his loss with you.”
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Seaver was terrific from the outset of his MLB profession, which started in 1967 with the Mets; he not solely received NL Rookie of the Yr, but in addition made the All-Star sport, incomes a save by pitching a scoreless 15th inning. He received 311 video games over his 20-year MLB profession, which spanned from 1967 to 1986 and included stints with 4 groups: Mets, Reds, White Sox and Pink Sox.
He boasted a 2.86 ERA and struck out three,640 batters — changing into the fifth pitcher in MLB historical past to document three,000 strikeouts. He earned 12 All-Star picks (10 with the Mets) and three Cy Younger Awards (all in New York). He additionally led the NL in wins thrice (1969, ’75 and ’81); thrice in ERA (1970, ’71, ’73); and 5 instances in strikeouts (1970, ’71, ’73, ’75, ’76).
He additionally led the Mets to their first World Sequence title in 1969 in solely their eighth 12 months of play.
Seaver was inducted as a first-ballot Corridor of Famer in 1992. He appeared on 98.eight p.c of the ballots solid by the BBWAA, the very best voting share on the time. He has additionally been inducted into the Mets’ and Reds’ respective halls of fame, and had his No. 41 jersey retired by New York.
“Tom Seaver’s life exemplified greatness within the sport, in addition to integrity, character, and sportsmanship — the beliefs of a Corridor of Fame profession,” Jane Forbes Clark, chairwoman of the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame and Museum, stated in a press release. “As a longtime member of the Corridor of Fame Board of Administrators, Tom introduced dignity and knowledge to this establishment that shall be deeply missed. His love for baseball historical past, and for the Corridor of Fame, was strengthened in 2014, when he pledged the donation of his private baseball assortment to the Museum. His fantastic legacy shall be preserved eternally in Cooperstown.”