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Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died Monday morning at 75 years old. Seaver passed away peacefully in his sleep due to complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.
We mourn the passing of Tom Seaver, a Hall of Fame pitcher and World Series champion. He was 75. pic.twitter.com/KcSBQTk0rL— MLB (@MLB) September 3, 2020
“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” said his wife Nancy Seaver and daughters Sarah and Anne. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”
Seaver won 311 games during his 20-year career, posting a career 2.86 ERA that punched him a ticket to 12 All-Star games. Tom entered the Hall of Fame in 1992 having been on 98.8 of ballots cast. He also won three Cy Young awards and dominated for the Mets’ 1969 World Series team.
“Tom Seaver’s life exemplified greatness in the game, as well as integrity, character, and sportsmanship — the ideals of a Hall of Fame career,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “As a longtime member of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Tom brought dignity and wisdom to this institution that will be deeply missed. His love for baseball history, and for the Hall of Fame, was reinforced in 2014, when he pledged the donation of his personal baseball collection to the Museum. His wonderful legacy will be preserved forever in Cooperstown.”
Tom Seaver, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was selected in a special draft in 1966. He would go on to win Rookie of the Year in 1967. Seaver was a key component to converting the Mets from perennial losers into the “Miracle Mets.” A true culture-changing talent in the major market of New York.
After leaving the Mets, he would go on to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox.
Tom Seaver had 94 starts with at least seven innings pitched and no more than two earned runs allowed that he did not win – he as 0-52 with a 1.62 ERA in those starts. https://t.co/OPxJwAl9vh— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) September 3, 2020
Tom Seaver will be missed by his family, friends, and the entire baseball community.