Tom Seaver, a New York Mets icon who won three Cy Young awards during his Hall of Fame career, died on Monday due to complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. He was 75.
Seaver’s wife and daughters confirmed his passing in a statement made public Wednesday night.
“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 the statement, released by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”
Seaver’s 20-year career was decorated with accolades such as a Rookie of the Year award, 12 all-star appearances, the 1969 World Series title and 311 wins. He is also sixth all-time in strikeouts (3,640), won three ERA titles and received 98.8 per cent of the vote on his first Hall of Fame ballot — the greatest percentage of votes ever for an inductee at the time.
He primarily pitched for the New York Mets, and was nicknamed “The Franchise” during his initial tenure of 10-plus years in Queens, N.Y.
Seaver, whose other nickname was “Tom Terrific,” later spent an additional year with the Mets, while also making stops with the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time,” MLB 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.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my condolences to Tom’s family, his admirers throughout our game, Mets fans, and the many people he touched.”
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