Major League Baseball fans of all stripes expressed their grief, sympathy, and compassion upon hearing the tragic news that one of the sport’s most accomplished pitchers died at the age of 75.
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who had a legendary career with the New York Mets, died on Monday as a result of complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, as reported by Fox News.
A legendary career
The Baseball Hall of Fame released a statement confirming the news.
“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” said his wife, Nancy, and daughters, Anne and Sarah. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”
A former U.S. Marine, Seaver was first drafted by the Mets in 1966 and went on to become the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1967.
His career would span 20 years and include a wide range of incredible accomplishments — and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame shortly after becoming eligible in 1992.
With an astonishing 98.8% of ballots including his name, Seaver’s induction remains among the most decisive of any former major leaguer.
“Heart and soul of the Mets”
Fans remember the integral role “Tom Terrific” played when the “Miracle Mets” won the World Series in 1969. Other notable achievements for the three-time Cy Young Award winner included 12 All-Star team selections, five league-leading seasons in strikeouts, and three for earned-run average. He spent a dozen years in New York before finishing his career with shorter stints playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox.
“Tom Seaver’s life exemplified greatness in the game, as well as integrity, character, and sportsmanship — the ideals of a Hall of Fame career,” National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum chairperson Jane Forbes Clark said in the statement.
Respected by fans and rivals alike, Seaver “brought dignity and wisdom to this institution that will be deeply missed,” Clark wrote.
After his family announced his dementia diagnosis last year, Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, a former Mets catcher, described him as “the heart and soul of the Mets, the standard which all Mets aspire to.”
He helped define the game for a generation of fans — and his death will be mourned by even more.