Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, arguably the greatest New York Mets player ever, died early Monday at age 75.
Seaver died in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, according to a release from the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
Seaver, nicknamed “Tom Terrific,” won three Cy Young Awards. A former National League Rookie of the Year, Seaver went to the All-Star Game 12 times in his 20-year career. He won the NL ERA title three times.
In 1969, he achieved the greatest team accomplishment as he won a World Series with the Mets. He helped transform the franchise into one that was respected around baseball after so many years of losing after its inception.
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“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob 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 improbable World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans – a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.”
Seaver, who also played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, finished his career with a 2.86 ERA and 311 victories. He struck out 3,640 batters.
Seaver threw a no-hitter for the Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 16, 1978, at Riverfront Stadium after tossing five one-hitters.
“Tom Seaver was one of the best and most inspirational pitchers to play the game,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “We are grateful that Tom’s Hall of Fame career included time with the Reds. We are proud to count his name among the greats in the Reds Hall of Fame. He will be missed.”
In 1988, the Mets retired Seaver’s No. 41 during a ceremony at Shea Stadium. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1992 after appearing on 98.8 percent of ballots submitted by members in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Seaver’s family had announced he was diagnosed with dementia in March 2019 and that he was retiring from public life.
“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” his wife Nancy Seaver and daughters Sarah and Anne said in a statement. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”