Tom Seaver Boston Red Sox

Age: 76 (November 17, 1944) | aka Tom Terrific | 6' 1" | 206lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYN NL 1967 16 13 0 0 35 34 251.0 224 19 78 170 2.76 1.20 1.16 2.8 6.1 .276 n/a
NYN NL 1968 16 12 1 0 36 35 277.2 224 15 48 205 2.20 0.98 0.97 1.6 6.6 .266 n/a
NYN NL 1969 25 7 0 0 36 35 273.1 202 24 82 208 2.21 1.04 1.02 2.7 6.8 .240 n/a
NYN NL 1970 18 12 0 0 37 36 290.2 230 21 83 283 2.82 1.08 1.04 2.6 8.8 .280 n/a
NYN NL 1971 20 10 0 0 36 35 286.1 210 18 61 289 1.76 0.95 0.93 1.9 9.1 .270 n/a
NYN NL 1972 21 12 0 0 35 35 262.0 215 23 77 249 2.92 1.11 1.10 2.6 8.6 .282 n/a
NYN NL 1973 19 10 0 0 36 36 290.0 219 23 64 251 2.08 0.98 0.98 2.0 7.8 .257 n/a
NYN NL 1974 11 11 0 0 32 32 236.0 199 19 75 201 3.20 1.16 1.12 2.9 7.7 .279 n/a
NYN NL 1975 22 9 0 0 36 36 280.1 217 11 88 243 2.38 1.09 0.99 2.8 7.8 .273 n/a
NYN NL 1976 14 11 0 0 35 34 271.0 211 14 77 235 2.59 1.06 1.00 2.6 7.8 .271 n/a
NYN NL 1977 7 3 0 0 13 13 96.0 79 7 28 72 3.00 1.11 1.08 2.6 6.8 .266 n/a
CIN NL 1977 14 3 0 0 20 20 165.1 120 12 38 124 2.34 0.96 0.95 2.1 6.8 .240 n/a
CIN NL 1978 16 14 0 0 36 36 259.2 218 26 89 226 2.88 1.18 1.16 3.1 7.8 .275 n/a
CIN NL 1979 16 6 0 0 32 32 215.0 187 16 61 131 3.14 1.15 1.12 2.6 5.5 .265 n/a
CIN NL 1980 10 8 0 0 26 26 168.0 140 24 59 101 3.64 1.18 1.22 3.2 5.4 .237 n/a
CIN NL 1981 14 2 0 0 23 23 166.1 120 10 66 87 2.54 1.12 1.01 3.6 4.7 .224 n/a
CIN NL 1982 5 13 0 0 21 21 111.1 136 14 44 62 5.50 1.62 1.61 3.6 5.0 .326 n/a
NYN NL 1983 9 14 0 0 34 34 231.0 201 18 86 135 3.55 1.24 1.17 3.4 5.3 .262 n/a
CHA AL 1984 15 11 0 0 34 33 236.2 216 27 61 131 3.95 1.17 1.21 2.3 5.0 .261 n/a
CHA AL 1985 16 11 0 0 35 33 238.2 223 22 69 134 3.17 1.22 1.22 2.6 5.1 .272 n/a
CHA AL 1986 2 6 0 0 12 12 72.0 66 9 27 31 4.38 1.29 1.29 3.4 3.9 .249 n/a
BOS AL 1986 5 7 0 0 16 16 104.1 114 8 29 72 3.80 1.37 1.35 2.5 6.2 .323 n/a
Career 20yrs 311 205 1 0 656 647 4782.2 3971 380 1390 3640 2.86 1.12 1.09 2.6 6.8 .267 n/a
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Steady Eddie being dealt to the Dodgers was a gut punch.  I know he was one of the highest paid players in the game and requested a trade (about two years earlier) because the team was awful and the front office wasn't trying to improve (it claimed his contract was preventing it).  But, because they didn't deal him for so long it seemed like it would never happen.  Until it did.  I was 14.  I've had sideburns in his honor for the last 27 years.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 9 '20

I felt the same way about Mays, growing up in the Bay Area, so much so that when I went to bat day in 1966 or so I asked for a McCovey bat. I was disconsolate when he got traded to the Mets, though I couldn't give up on baseball at 17.

mike fenger mike
Sep 8 '20

Thanks, Peter, a very sweet tale for sure. 

carter carter GypsySoul
Sep 8 '20

As a Met fan it was hard not to be a Seaver fan, but also it seemed kind of obvious, like saying the Beatles are your favorite band. That's how big he was, and how much it hurt when Donald Grant traded him to the Reds. I gave up on baseball for a few years after that.

Here's a sweet story about another fan who gave up baseball for different reasons, and how Seaver brought her back.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Sep 8 '20

A flood of memories among the 582 comments (and counting) after the obit today in the Times. A sample...

Mike
Long Island

I was 12 in 1970, coming home from somewhere, my mom driving. She parked the car on our block but Seaver had already struck out 6 in a row. Superstition being what it is, I refused to get out of the car and made her stay as well, until the game was over. 10 K’s in a row. I don’t remember if it was Ralph, Lindsey or Bob on the radio but it was electric. The greatest player I have ever seen. Thank you


Lee

South Orange

Growing up in a White Sox family, watching the Mets catch, pass, and crush the Cubs in ‘69 was... satisfying. And hearing them on the radio in the golden autumn afternoon sunshine as they beat the heavily-favored 109-win Orioles in 5 games, cinched this 8-year-old’s heart to baseball for life.
Thank you, Tom.

Jesse M.
Seattle, WA

As a 15 year old boy in 1969 I wrote a fan letter to Ed Charles the Mets third baseman called “The Glider”. He wrote me back and invited me to meet him at Shea the next time I went to a game. I brought a ball with me and he asked if I wanted some autographs. Ed went all around the field during batting practice and got me many autographs of what turned out to be “The Miracle Mets”. Thirty-five years later I was playing piano for a private party in New York and Tom Seaver was a guest. On a break, I approached him and told him about the ball that I had. He turned to me and asked “Am I on that ball?” I said unfortunately not. He wrote down his address and told me to send him the ball and he would sign it. One week later I received the ball back with the signature of the greatest Met of them all. What a class act he was. He will be missed.



Edward Drangel

Kew Gardens, NY

Let's face it: the Mets of the 1970's weren't good even when they had Tom Seaver. But, they had Tom Seaver! I sat in the hot sun on the dusty steps of my summer camp bunkhouse grasping my transistor radio and hanging on every one of Seaver's pitches. It was August of 1974. The Mets were not even having their usual mediocre year of about 83 wins; they were simply dreadful and on their way to finishing with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses. Worse, Seaver wasn't right; he was having a bad season, his worst as a Met. But I didn't budge from those steps that afternoon. Some group leader came to grab me up some hours later.. I had missed free-swim down at the lake, I had missed snack and a carnival too, and someone, I guess, eventually had missed me. Tom Seaver was pitching, was my only excuse. Yes, the great George Thomas Seaver.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 3 '20

In contradiction to his nickname, Mr. Seaver seemed not to
be much of a self-promoter; instead he passed gently and quietly into that good
night, unlike some of his noisier contemporaries.  May he rest in peace.

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

Frank Smith Pancho
Sep 3 '20

Amen ... that's some career ... that's A LOT of IPs ... fun that he got a save in '68 :-)

His death sparked a mini-debate about how famous he is today ... obviously VERY famous amongst us old farts ... but neither my daughter nor her husband knows who he is (my apologies) ... so ... I'm committing right here, right now ... my grandson WILL KNOW WHO TOM SEAVER IS!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 3 '20

This one hurts. I wasn't a huge fan of Tom Terrific but I was in awe. It was almost obnoxious how perfect his life was until it wasn't.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 3 '20

It could also have been an obsession with IP or CGs ... Fergie had a lot of all 3 ... probably not K/W, but who knows ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
May 24 '20

How did Fergie Jenkins beat out Seaver for the Cy Young in 1971? Must have been the obsession with wins.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
May 24 '20