They called him “Tom Terrific,” and there were few times in his 20-year career when he did not live up to that nickname. While some great pitchers had to struggle in their early years, Tom Seaver was pretty good from the very beginning. Making his major league debut in 1967 with the New York Mets, Seaver went on to rack up a 16-13 record and a solid 2.76 ERA, which was enough for National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Seaver is probably best remembered as a member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” squad that captured the first-ever MLB championship for the franchise. Seaver, who was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of that World Series, also nabbed the Cy Young Award in recognition of his impressive 25-7 record during the regular season. He would go on to collect two more Cy Young Awards (1973 and 1975). In addition, Seaver led the NL in strikeouts for five seasons during the '70s. His only career no-hitter came in 1978, during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds.
Seaver ended his career in 1986, after brief stints playing for the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox, with 3640 career strikeouts, which places him comfortably inside the all-time MLB top ten in this category. In 1988, Tom Seaver's jersey number—41—was retired by the New York Mets. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992 on the first ballot.
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