Mets Hall Of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver Dead At 75


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Hall of Fame pitcher and former New York Met Tom Seaver has died due to complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, according to his family. 

“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” his family told the Baseball Hall of Fame. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”

Seaver, 75, died peacefully at his California home, according to his family. 

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He leaves behind a 20-year baseball legacy of 311 victories, 3,640 strikeouts, 12 All-Star selections, three Cy Young Awards and countless fans who remember him from the 1969 World Series Championship with the Miracle Mets. 

The former Met was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, when he was listed on 98.8% of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the highest percentage ever received at the time. 

The Mets, in a statement, said they were devastated to learn of Seaver's passing.

"Tom was nicknamed 'The Franchise' and 'Tom Terrific' because of how valuable he truly was to our organization and our loyal fans, as his #41 was the first player number retired by the organization in 1988," Jeff and Fred WIlpon said. "He was simply the greatest Mets player of all-time and among the best to ever play the game which culminated with his near unanimous induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.Beyond the multitude of awards, records, accolades, World Series Championship, All-Star appearances, and just overall brilliance, we will always remember Tom for his passion and devotion to his family, the game of baseball, and his vineyard.Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Nancy, daughters Sarah and Anne and four grandsons, Thomas, William, Henry and Tobin."

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Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, on Wednesday remembered the baseball legend saying, “Tom Seaver’s life exemplified greatness in the game, as well as integrity, character, and sportsmanship – the ideals of a Hall of Fame career.”

“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,” she added.

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said Seaver was unlike any other and offered his condolences to the 75-year-old's family.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all time,” Manfred said in a statement. “Tom was a gentleman who represented the best of our National Pastime. He was synonymous with the New York Mets and their unforgettable 1969 season. After their improbably World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans – a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.” 

Seaver left his public life in 2019, when he was diagnosed with dementia. At the time, his family announced he would continue to work in the vineyard at his home in California.

Soon after, the New York Mets and New York City decided to honor the Hall of famer by officially changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way

Nicknamed "Tom Teriffic," Seaver was widely considered the best Mets player in history. He was the star of the 1969 World Series championship team, winning 25 games with a 2.21 ERA for the squad, earning him his first Cy Young.

His No. 41 was retired by the Mets in 1988.

After his playing career, he worked as a broadcaster, calling Met games for WPIX from 1999 to 2005.

Seaver is survived by his wife, Nancy Seaver, and his daughters, Sarah and Anne. 

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