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Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver (1944–2020), legendary New York Mets pitcher

by Kirk Fox

Tom Seaver was a legendary Hall of Fame pitcher who won three Cy Young Awards and led the 1969 “Miracle Mets” to a World Series championship win.

  • Died: Monday, August 31, 2020 (Who else died on August 31?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 75 from Lewy body dementia and complications of Covid-19.
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“Terrific” Tom Seaver  

Seaver made the Mets as a starting pitcher in 1967, winning 16 games and the National League Rookie of the Year award. In 1969, he helped lead the underdog “Miracle Mets” to a World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles. In Game 4 of the Series, Seaver pitched a 10-inning complete game win. After a dispute in contract negotiations before the 1977 season, Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a trade called the “Midnight Massacre.” He returned to the Mets in a trade for the 1983 season and then pitched for the White Sox from 1984 until the middle of 1986, finishing the season and his career that year with the Red Sox. 

Seaver won three Cy Young Awards, 311 games, and had 3,640 strikeouts. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with almost a 100% “yes” vote.


On finally pitching a no-hitter in 1978 while with the Reds 

“A no-hitter is momentary. You enjoy the moment. But nothing can ever compare to winning a World Series.” —New York Daily News 

What they said about him

Full Obituary: New York Daily News

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