Tom Seaver: Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver, one of baseball’s greatest right-handed power pitchers, died early on Monday at the age of 75. Arguably the best New York Mets player, he died in his sleep. According to a release from the Baseball Hall of Fame, he had complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.
Tom Seaver’s wife, Nancy Seaver, and daughters Sarah and Anne, said in a statement – “We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father have passed away. We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”
Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball commissioner, was deeply saddened on hearing this news. In a statement, he said, “Tom was a great gentleman who represented the best of our National Pastime. He was synonymous with the New York Mets and their unforgettable 1969 season.”
He added to that by saying – “After their improbable World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans – a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.” He paid condolences on behalf of Major League Baseball to his family and fans.
What are some of his achievements?
Tom Seaver, also nicknamed as ‘Tom Terrific’ has won three Cy Young Awards. While being a former National League Rookie of the year, Tom participated in the All-star Game 12 times in his 20-year career. He has also achieved the NL ERA title three times.
His greatest team accomplishment is him winning a World Series with the Mets. He transformed the franchise after many years of losing into one that was respected around baseball.
Tom Seaver has even played for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago White Sox. He threw a no-hitter for the Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals. This happened on June 16, 1978, at Riverfront Stadium after tossing five one-hitters. He finished his career with 311 victories and with a 2.86 ERA.