Tom Seaver 1969 #480
by William Szczepanek
This 1969 card of Tom Seaver was not his rookie card. He had already established himself in the Majors with 2 good seasons with the Mets going 16-13 and 16 - 12 and becoming Rookie of the Year in 1967. 1969 was his breakout year in which he went 25-7, won the Cy Young Award and led the Mets to a World Championship.
Over a 20 year career "Tom Terrific" led the league in strikeouts 5 times and has 311 career wins. He led the league in shutouts in 1977 and 1979 and is ranked 7th all time (tied with Nolan Ryan) with 61 shutouts. No one who has pitched after Seaver has more shutouts. As of this date, the current day pitcher with the most career shutouts is Roy Halladay with 19. Seaver also has 3 Cy Young Awards.
On July 9, in the heat of a pennant race in front of a crowd of 59,709 at New York's Shea Stadium, Seaver threw 8 1⁄3 perfect innings against the division-leading Chicago Cubs before rookie outfielder Jimmy Qualls broke up Seaver's perfect game with a single to left. The Cubs would lose their 5th in a row and the Mets would win their 7th in a row and soon overtake the Cubs.
On April 22, 1970, Seaver would set a major league record by striking out the final 10 batters in a game against San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium.
On June 16, 1978 at Riverfront Stadium Seaver finally recorded his only no-hitter a 4 - 0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Seaver recorded 5 one hitters prior to that.
In 1992, Seaver was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever recorded, 98.8, and is the only New York Mets player inducted.
Hank Aaron deemed Seaver the toughest pitcher he ever faced.
"Blind men come to the park just to hear him pitch." ─ Reggie Jackson
If the Mets can win the World Series, the United
States can get out of Vietnam.
If the Cubs can win a World Series there can be world peace. I wonder which will happen first.You can check out Seavers' statistics at Baseball Reference.