Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver died Monday night at age 75. The New York Mets revealed the news on Wednesday evening. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, his cause of death was complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.
The legendary pitcher, who almost single-handedly, turned the New York Mets from lovable losers to unexpected World Champs in 1969.
The Fresno, California native was an instant star, winning 16 games in 1967 and being named the National League’s Rookie of the Year. He was also the winning pitcher in that summer’s All Star Game — his first of 13 appearances in baseball’s mid-summer classic.
Quickly becoming the leader of a team that floundered before his arrival, Seaver’s talent and brashness quickly made him one of baseball’s most recognized stars. A three-time winner of the Cy Young Award, as his league’s best pitcher, Seaver is considered the greatest player in Mets history. While nicknamed Tom Terrific — long before a certain quarterback tried to trademark it — many Mets fans thought of him with a different handle, “The Franchise.”
Showing the high regard in which he was held, the Mets not only retired Seaver’s number-41, but last year, renamed the address of their ballpark, Citi Field, to 41 Seaver Way.
Tom won 311 games over his 20-year career, which also included time with the Reds, White Sox and Red Sox. His 3,640 strikeouts are the sixth most in baseball history.
Following his playing career, Seaver broadcast games for NBC, and for both the Mets and Yankees in New York. He was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1992.
Fans learned last year that Tom was in serious decline, when, unable to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mets first World Championship. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Seaver died from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. He is survived by his wife Nancy and two daughters.