As a lifelong Tigers fan, my deepest sympathy to Tom's widow and children. I recall Tom being drafted in 1971 as well as his summer 1973 MLB debut. As I viewed the opening day Tigers ceremony today, I learned of his passing. He left all too soon.....
I was at his first major league @!Tiger stadium. Was sad to hear that he passed
I just found out about you're passing and I hope you are in a better place. My condolences to the rest of the family. I was hoping one day I would get to meet you as I have been proud of you my whole life, and have been collecting your cards since I was a kid.
I have always wished I would have met Tom. Me and my family have valued his accomplishments since I was a little kid and I collect most of his baseball cards. I just wish I could have met him in real life and known him for the man he was, my condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
To the Veryzer family. My name is Kathi Moore, I went to islip high with all the sons. Jim was in my class. Tom and his brothers gave us all so many great moments.
When I moved to California I always tried to catch Tom's games on tv. Brought me a little piece of home. He had such talent and always cool under pressure. I want to think of him as playing shortstop on a bigger stage now.
My heart felt sympathy to john, jerry,Jim and patty and their families may he rest in peace
Just found out today...and I started to cry. He was my favorite Tiger of all time. I dressed as him on Halloween one year. Mom put his name and number (7)on the back of the jersey and I even dyed my hair black for the occasion. I remember going at Tiger Stadium one day when the Indians came to town after the Tigers had traded him to Cleveland. He hit a home run and I was on cloud nine!! I really wish I could have met him in person...God Bless him and his family.
My name is Paul Mellini and I went to Babylon High School where I played football and basketball. We had a great rivalry with IHS, and Tom, better know for baseball invariably was the catalyst for their wins his sophomore and junior years. Thoughts and prayers with the wonderful Veryzer family. If they have sports in heaven, he is playing all of them.
Vivian, thank you for sharing. I knew Tom as only a baseball player growing up. I always wanted to meet him. Wished he did autograph shows in Detroit. I always wondered what happened to him after he retired. Glad to hear that his family thought so much of him. Sounds like I picked a great role model as a kid. God Bless you and the other Veryzers.
Wow, just found out this today. Tom was my favorite baseball player as a kid. I cried the day the Tigers traded him to Cleveland. I had hoped one day to meet Tom and get his autograph. I am seriously bummed to hear this. Turns out he died a few weeks after my Mom. Bad year. RIP Tom.
THANK YOU ALL for your kind ,supportive and loving words They have comforted me and our children. Tom was an amazing man...talented, kind,generous and truly always loving.I am PROUD to say that Tom was my husband for 38 years!(Rare in sports,right?)Not only was he a gifted and ELITE athlete but he was also an ELITE husband and father, which ultimately, is truly most important. I THANK GOD for TOM and thank you ALL for your good thoughts. Vivian Veryzer, Tom's wife!
In 1974 at Anaheim stadium while standing alone near the third base line before an Angels/Tigers game Tom Veryzer politely approached me and signed my ticket stub. I was completely awestruck by his kindness toward me. I was 14 years old and it was my very first baseball autograph. I've carried that memory my entire life. My condolence to the Veryzer family.
My sympathies to the Veryzer family. I went to IHS & always followed Tom's career. Thank you for giving me a ball & signing my 1973 Yankee program. I still have it! I knew Tom came from a great family. As a student I would always ask his dad Mr Veryzer about Tom. He would always tell me of Tom's latest accomplishments. But, he would always made sure to mention his other children's accomplishments as well.
Tommy was a down-to-earth kid back in high school. I so vividly remember him passing me in the hallway between classes and always acknowledging me (a youngster by two years) with that quick and silent flick of the chin so typical in those days - and I would throw one his way, too.
I also got to know Tommy better during our involvement in sports. In addition to his athletic magic, I recall him as one of the most humble and unassuming individuals at Islip. You didn't need to hear him speak or even sense his presence to know he was there getting the job done.
Years later, I always felt proud of Tommy's accomplishments whenever hearing a family member or office colleague mention his name when discussing the ball game last night - and equally proud thinking, Yeah, I know who that guy is.
Heart-felt sorrow and thoughts with Vivian and Tommy's family, from my wife (Angela Liuzzi) and me.
I remember the many years ago at Islip High School. Always a gentleman, a bit of a rascal, and ultimately, "The Fox"
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I remember the halls of Islip High School, I was just an underclassman, yet, I remember Tommy Veryzer. I was shy, but I would muster the courage to say, "Hi!" After high school I moved to Puerto Rico and I remember one day driving in my car when the sports news was on. The sports newscaster was talking about the baseball game and he was talking about "Tommy Veryzer!" I got so excited! The sense of pride and emotions overcame me, even though we just said "Hi" in the hallways of Islip High School, here I was in Puerto Rico and I knew who they were talking about!
My sincerest sympathy to Vivian and your children, to the rest of the Veryzer Family, and to Patty, in particular. May God comfort you in this time and always.
Rest in Peace my friend..you were a great teammate and a terrific double play partner. I will not forget the large laughs we had.......
Sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Psalms 55:22.
Tom was eleven years younger the me but I remember shooting Baskets with him in the Islip High School Gym. I remember thinking this little kid is pretty good. As a Graduate of the IHS class of 1960 I followed his career. RIP Tom and say hello to your Dad when you see him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Veryzer Families. The many members of IHS Class of 1966 and friends extend our sincere sympathies to you all at this time of sorrow. We all lift you up and share your grief. You are all close to us in prayer for comfort and peace. For IHS 66, Paul Miller
We're so sorry to hear about Tom. Praying for you and your family in your grief. He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds-PS.147:3
My deep condolences
May the God of all comfort be with you now.
My hometown of Islip has lost yet another favorite son. Although I was a bit older than Tom we never shared bonding but I enjoyed his success on the diamond and the way his dad, my PE mentor, used to crow about him. Thanks for giving the sporting world tons of joy. RIP champ.
shocked and sadden at learning about the
death of tommy v - hope jimmy,jerry and
john and patty know he is in a much better place(right now trying to figure
out what deal mr. v and my dad are working on st. pete) he will be missed
one of the good ones!!
Such a great loss. Much is to be said when not only a man's successes and accomplishments affect the lives of many, but also when his presence is remembered with deep respect. Such was the life of Tom Veryzer. May the Veryzer family rely heavily on our Heavenly Father for comfort, and he will act in your behalf.
Still to this day, Tom was one of the best athletes I've ever seen. Having the opportunity of knowing him and playing sports together before and during high school in Islip makes his passing even more difficult. My sincerest condolences to the Veryzer family.
SINCERE CONNDOLENCES TO ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED TOM VERYZER. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND MAY YOU DRAW CLOSE TO GOD DURING THIS TIME. -1COR. 15:26
TOM GAVE US JOY ... US THE BASEBALL FANS.
MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts.
I would like to give my condolences ttyl the family. I'm sorry for your loss. -Ecclesiastes 5:8, 9
My sincere condolences are with the Veryzer family on your loss of Mr. Tom Veryzer. May you treasure his memories and the drawing close to God in prayer help comfort you in your time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29:12, 13
Deepest sympathies to the Veryzer family. Our loving heavenly Father promises to revive the spirit of the lowly ones and to revive the heart of the ones being crushed.—Isaiah 57:15
My deepest sympathy. Tom was one of my favorite ballplayers.
One of my favorite Tigers!! R I P Tom!!!!
Please accept my deepest sympathies to all the Veryzers. Such a wonderful family that I knew growing up in Islip. Bruce Homis
Condolances to the family....I was PR director of the Cubs when Tom played there in 1983-84. Always sat near him on our airplane trips, city to city, along with Video Bob Searles. Tom was a man of few words, but always classy...and what a glove. Had it not been for having Larry Bowa on our team at SS, Tom would have been our starter.
My heart breaks at the news of Tommy's passing! We went to school at the same time! Tom at Islip and I went to Sayville! I remember taking a lot of heat from my classmates as I cheered for him when our school's played each other in baseball! Was always proud of him as a cousin and a player! My sympathy to all of you!
Sherry Dietz Scharrer
My heart breaks at the loss of Tom! We were cousins who went to school at the same time! I went to sayville and remember catching heat from my classmates cheering for Tom when he played against Sayville! We were so proud of his career! Thoughts and prayers with all of you!
Sherry dietz scharrer
a real gentleman ! very nice and humble man. rest in peace. Richie T
The days @ Camp Momoweta when the "Islip Team" came to play baseball are GREAT MEMORIES---my prayers go out to his wife, kids, brothers & sister Patty---his dad remains the top 5 funniest people ever to walk the Earth!
Tommy was a childhood friend....it seems like just yesterday he came out to our camp (Camp Momoweta/Mattituck NY) wi/his brother Jerry and a baseball team 'n whipped myself and my brother Mike's camp team each 'n every time they visited!
Great guy....great family...his dad (Mr V) and our father were best of friends-they loved going down to Lakeland, FL to watch Tommy in spring training (and that strawberry shortcake!)---great memories, awesome stories.
My condolences to the family, Vivian, Tom Jr., Billy and Jenny (named after Mrs V I can tell :)....also to his brothers/sister Patty/Jerry/Jimmy and Johnny.
I had *just* spoken to Jenny a few weeks back to see about trying for a reunion of sorts wi/Tommy & his brothers..myself and my brothers.
Just know we're thinking of ya'll and you are in our prayers. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Kevin Mulvihill for Bobby/Mike-etc.
I followed the Tigers before Tom was born. I'm very sad to see him leave us. He is one of those gems we look for that everyone says good things about. God Bless your memory Tom, and prayers go out to all of his family.
Dear Jennie and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sorry we can't be there to offer our condolences.
Tom played the game the way it was meant to be played -- he left everything on the field. Now he is on God's team. Not a bad place to be. Thanks for the memories, Tom.
My deepest sympathy to the Veryzer family I will always remember working him out when he came to Detroit.He was a great boy.Dick Tracewski Peckville,Pa
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Baseball loses another good guy.
Rest in peace, and condolences to the Veryzer family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy's wife and children and his siblings, John, Jimmy, Jerry and Pat and their families. Tommy was in school with my son, Brian; my family has known the Veryzer family for many years. He will be sorely missed--always loved.
So sorry for your loss. I loved it when tom played for The Detroit Tigers.
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS&CONDOLENCES TO THE VERYZER FAMILY,FRINEDS,FANS&ALL WHO KNEW MR. VERYZER.
I remember him playing was a player whom seemed to go out and play the game and never complain, rest in peace and my sincere sympathy to his family.
My condolences to the Veryzer family. May memories of your loved one sustain you and may God provide you with strength and comfort in your time of loss.
Prayers for the family and thanks to him.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.