The Final Curtain Call: New York Mets Legend Tom Seaver Passes Away at the Age of 75

For two decades, Tom Seaver had a rather imposing presence on Major League mounds all over this great country. Perhaps, no single player is more identified with one team than Tom Seaver is with the New York Mets. 

It goes without saying that George Thomas “Tom” Seaver was a fearless competitor on the diamond, and everything he did in his life, on the field or off, he did it with purpose and poise. Seaver helped turn baseball’s “lovable losers” into World Series champions in 1969, when the Mets captured their first World Series trophy behind the fiery Fresno, California native. 

During his 20-year career in the Major Leagues, Tom Seaver spent time with the New York Mets (1967-77, 1983), Cincinnati Reds, (1977-1982), Chicago White Sox (1984-1986), and the Boston Red Sox (1986). 

Seaver was 12-time All-Star, and finished his Cooperstown-caliber career with a record (311-205) with a 2.86 ERA, and 3,640 strikeouts in 4,783 innings pitched. 

Tom Seaver known as “Tom Terrific” or “The Franchise” started 647 games in his career, with 231 complete games, 61 shutouts, a 1.121 WHIP, one save, 1,521 earned runs, 1,390 walks, and a winning percentage of .603. 

Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson, who managed Seaver with the Cincinnati Reds once said “My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work.” 

On April 22, 1970, Seaver set a Major League record by striking out 19 San Diego Padres, 10-consecutive, in a game that the Mets would go on to win 2-1. 

From 1967-1977, “The Franchise” was selected to 10 All-Star teams, led the league in strikeouts five times, put together five 20-win seasons, threw five one-hitters, and won three Cy Young Awards. 

In 1978, after several near-misses during his career, Tom no-hit the Cardinals and in 1981 became the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to record 3,000 strikeouts. He was a member of National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1992. 

Seaver officially retired from the game of baseball during the 1987 season. According to baseballhall.org, George Thomas “Tom” Seaver aka. “The Franchise” passed away, on August 31, 2020 from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. 

In 1991, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which returned in 2012, leading to Bell’s palsy and memory loss. 

Rest in Peace Tom, you’ll never be forgotten.

Source: New York Mets Twitter

A Tribute to One of Baseball’s All-Time Greats

84 years ago today, the date was May 25, 1935, and the Boston Braves, now the Atlanta Braves, were in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, the former home of the Pirates. In 1935, the Braves had a player who is still referred to as one of the game’s most elite sluggers, Babe Ruth. Ruth had three hits in the contest at Forbes Field. Included in those three hits was the 714th career home run of The Great Bambino, as Ruth was known. Ruth’s 7th-inning solo shot was hit off of Gary Bush, a blast that would carry over the roof of Forbes Field. Although the Braves lost that game 11-7, this game still stands the test of time, as that would be George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s final home run of his career. Ruth had an illustrious 22-year career with Boston Red Sox (1914-1919), New York Yankees (1920-1934) and Boston Braves (1935). He died in 1948 in New York, New York. Recently his oldest daughter, Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone, passed away. Ruth was a 1936 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He now rests at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His record of 714 home runs would stand until April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron passed him by hitting his 715th homer. If you get the chance to visit the grave of Babe Ruth, do so, and while you’re there, tell him I asked about him.