New York Mets Star And Former CT Resident Dies At 75
If you grew up a Met fan in the late 60's and 70's, then I'm sure you remember the one and only Tom Seaver.
He was nicknamed 'The Franchise', and 'Tom Terrific', and he certainly was. Seaver captivated the entire city and was the force that helped the Mets go from worst to first and lead the team to their first ever World Championship in 1969. Dubbed the 'Miracle Mets', Tom was the catalyst that led the Mets to a dramatic series win over the highly favored Baltimore Orioles in the '69 World Series. He also led the Mets to a National League Championship in 1973, and took them to a seventh game against the powerful Oakland A's in the World Series that year.
Tom was also a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut during his playing days with the Mets, and was responsible in luring other Met players, like Robin Ventura, to the town when they arrived in New York.
His road to the Hall of Fame started with becoming Rookie of the Year in 1967, he's sixth overall in all-time strike outs with 3,640, and is ranked 18 in all-time most winning pitcher in baseball history. He was also a three time Cy Young award winner. To say he had an incredible career would be an understatement.
Tom not only pitched for the Mets, but spent some time with the Cincinnati Reds, where he pitched his only no-hitter. He did have that famous one hitter as a Met in 1969, pitching a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, until Jimmy Qualls broke it up with a single with one out in the 9th inning. He also won his 300th game against the Yankees as a pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. He ended his career with a short stint with the Boston Red Sox, and was actually on the active roster when the Mets beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World series.
Seaver also became the first Met player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
He spent the years after his retirement working at Seaver Vineyards with his wife Nancy on the 116 acre farm in Northern California.
In 2019, Seaver's family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia, which forced him to retire from public life, and public appearances.
Seaver died Monday from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, Tom Seaver was 75.
Here's a look at some of Tom's magic moments from the 1969, and 1973 season, and World Series.