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Full Name: George Thomas Seaver Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/195 First Game: April 13, 1967
Birthdate: November 17, 1944 Final Game: September 19, 1986
Birthplace: Fresno, California MLB Experience: 20 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992


Biography

Born on November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California, Tom Seaver (George Thomas Seaver) played for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 20 year career. Seaver broke into the bigs on April 13, 1967 with the New York Mets, and put up a 2.76 ERA in 251 innings pitched in 1967, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Tom Seaver's best season was 1971, when he posted a 1.76 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 289 batters.

Career Highlights

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1967 NY N 35 34 16 13 2.76 170 85 77 18 2 0 251 224 19 78 6 5 5
1968 NY N 36 35 16 12 2.20 205 73 68 14 5 1 277.2 224 15 48 5 8 8
1969 NY N 36 35 25 7 2.21 208 75 67 18 5 0 273.1 202 24 82 9 8 7
1970 NY N 37 36 18 12 2.82 283 103 91 19 2 0 290.2 230 21 83 8 6 4
1971 NY N 36 35 20 10 1.76 289 61 56 21 4 0 286.1 210 18 61 2 5 4
1972 NY N 35 35 21 12 2.92 249 92 85 13 3 0 262 215 23 77 2 8 5
1973 NY N 36 36 19 10 2.08 251 74 67 18 3 0 290 219 23 64 5 5 4
1974 NY N 32 32 11 11 3.20 201 89 84 12 5 0 236 199 19 75 10 4 3
1975 NY N 36 36 22 9 2.38 243 81 74 15 5 0 280.1 217 11 88 6 7 4
1976 NY N 35 34 14 11 2.59 235 83 78 13 5 0 271 211 14 77 9 12 4
1977 NY N 13 13 7 3 3.00 72 33 32 5 3 0 96 79 7 28 3 3 0
1977 CIN N 20 20 14 3 2.34 124 45 43 14 4 0 165.1 120 12 38 3 4 0
1977 TOT N 33 33 21 6 2.58 196 78 75 19 7 0 261.1 199 19 66 6 7 0
1978 CIN N 36 36 16 14 2.88 226 97 83 8 1 0 259.2 218 26 89 11 6 0
1979 CIN N 32 32 16 6 3.14 131 85 75 9 5 0 215 187 16 61 6 4 0
1980 CIN N 26 26 10 8 3.64 101 74 68 5 1 0 168 140 24 59 3 4 1
1981 CIN N 23 23 14 2 2.54 87 51 47 6 1 0 166.1 120 10 66 8 5 3
1982 CIN N 21 21 5 13 5.50 62 75 68 0 0 0 111.1 136 14 44 4 3 3
1983 NY N 34 34 9 14 3.55 135 104 91 5 2 0 231 201 18 86 5 10 4
1984 CHI A 34 33 15 11 3.95 131 108 104 10 4 0 236.2 216 27 61 3 5 2
1985 CHI A 35 33 16 11 3.17 134 103 84 6 1 0 238.2 223 22 69 6 10 8
1986 CHI A 12 12 2 6 4.38 31 37 35 1 0 0 72 66 9 27 1 1 5
1986 BOS A 16 16 5 7 3.80 72 46 44 1 0 0 104.1 114 8 29 1 3 2
1986 TOT A 28 28 7 13 4.03 103 83 79 2 0 0 176.1 180 17 56 2 4 7
Total NL 559 553 273 170 2.73 3272 1380 1254 213 56 1 4131 3352 314 1204 105 107 59
Total AL 97 94 38 35 3.69 368 294 267 18 5 0 651.2 619 66 186 11 19 17
Total 656 647 311 205 2.86 3640 1674 1521 231 61 1 4782.2 3971 380 1390 116 126 76

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1967 NY N P 35 34 251 17 38 1 3 0 2 14 11 0 .982
1968 NY N P 36 35 278 21 48 1 4 0 2 16 15 0 .986
1969 NY N P 36 35 273.1 18 48 2 7 0 3 7 4 1 .971
1970 NY N P 37 36 290.2 19 46 3 3 0 2 14 7 2 .956
1971 NY N P 36 35 286.1 17 38 1 3 0 0 7 3 3 .982
1972 NY N P 35 35 262 17 40 3 3 0 0 10 15 0 .950
1973 NY N P 36 36 290 26 35 5 1 0 4 5 3 0 .924
1974 NY N P 32 32 236 9 42 1 7 0 1 27 8 1 .981
1975 NY N P 36 36 280.1 21 43 4 6 0 2 24 15 1 .941
1976 NY N P 35 34 271 12 41 1 3 0 1 26 10 0 .981
1977 NY N P 13 13 96 6 17 1 0 0 1 10 3 2 .958
1977 CIN N P 20 20 165.1 7 16 0 3 0 0 12 4 0 1.000
1977 TOT N P 33 33 261.1 13 33 1 3 0 1 22 7 2 .979
1978 CIN N P 36 36 259.2 15 28 6 2 0 6 21 8 1 .878
1979 CIN N P 32 32 215 22 26 2 2 0 2 27 14 0 .960
1980 CIN N P 26 26 168 16 26 0 0 0 1 29 4 0 1.000
1981 CIN N P 23 23 166.1 8 22 1 1 0 0 23 11 0 .968
1982 CIN N P 21 21 111.1 7 11 2 1 0 1 14 6 0 .900
1983 NY N P 34 34 231 22 28 4 0 0 2 50 4 1 .926
1984 CHI A P 34 33 236.2 11 40 0 2 0 1 27 4 2 1.000
1985 CHI A P 35 33 238.2 20 43 2 2 0 1 24 9 0 .969
1986 CHI A P 12 12 72 4 7 0 0 0 1 8 2 0 1.000
1986 BOS A P 16 16 104.1 13 9 2 1 0 2 14 4 0 .917
1986 TOT A P 28 28 176.1 17 16 2 1 0 3 22 6 0 .943
Total P 656 647 4783 328 692 42 54 0 35 409 164 14 .960

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1967 NY N 36 77 5 11 0 5 .143 .230 .169 2 0 8 24 1 6 2 0 0
1968 NY N 38 95 5 15 0 3 .158 .184 .179 2 0 3 44 0 3 0 0 0
1969 NY N 39 91 7 11 0 6 .121 .200 .154 3 0 7 34 2 4 1 0 0
1970 NY N 42 95 9 17 1 10 .179 .257 .242 1 1 10 31 0 7 0 0 1
1971 NY N 39 92 8 18 1 7 .196 .245 .261 3 0 6 31 0 11 0 0 1
1972 NY N 36 89 5 13 3 4 .146 .191 .303 3 1 5 41 0 6 0 0 1
1973 NY N 39 93 9 15 1 5 .161 .220 .237 2 1 7 34 0 9 1 0 3
1974 NY N 32 71 3 7 0 4 .099 .200 .099 0 0 9 28 0 7 0 0 3
1975 NY N 37 95 7 17 0 5 .179 .250 .189 1 0 8 24 1 7 0 0 2
1976 NY N 35 82 5 7 0 3 .085 .176 .085 0 0 9 26 0 9 0 0 1
1977 NY N 13 31 1 5 0 4 .161 .206 .161 0 0 2 12 0 2 0 0 0
1977 CIN N 20 55 10 12 3 5 .218 .246 .400 1 0 2 21 0 11 0 0 2
1977 TOT N 33 86 11 17 3 9 .198 .231 .314 1 0 4 33 0 13 0 0 2
1978 CIN N 36 74 5 9 0 4 .122 .207 .135 1 0 8 31 0 13 0 0 0
1979 CIN N 33 76 3 12 2 8 .158 .169 .276 3 0 1 29 0 4 0 0 2
1980 CIN N 26 46 5 6 0 3 .130 .245 .196 3 0 7 17 0 7 0 0 0
1981 CIN N 23 55 3 11 1 6 .200 .297 .273 1 0 8 16 0 4 0 0 2
1982 CIN N 22 34 3 6 0 0 .176 .222 .235 2 0 2 16 0 5 0 0 2
1983 NY N 34 64 6 10 0 4 .156 .225 .219 0 2 6 26 0 6 0 0 2
1984 CHI A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 CHI A 35 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 CHI A 12 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 BOS A 16 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 TOT A 28 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 580 1315 99 202 12 86 .154 .219 .210 28 5 108 485 4 121 4 0 22
Total AL 97 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 677 1315 99 202 12 86 .154 .219 .210 28 5 108 485 4 121 4 0 22

Transactions

  • Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 8, 1965).
  • Selected by Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (20th pick overall) of the secondary phase of free-agent draft - pick voided (January 29, 1966).
  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York Mets (April 3, 1966).
  • Traded by New York Mets to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman (June 15, 1977).
  • Traded by Cincinnati Reds to New York Mets in exchange for Charlie Puleo, Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice (December 16, 1982).
  • Selected by Chicago White Sox from New York Mets in the player compensation pool draft (January 20, 1984).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Steve Lyons (June 29, 1986).
  • Granted free agency (November 12, 1986).

Trivia

  • Won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1967.
  • Won the Cy Young Award in 1969.
  • On July 9, 1969, versus the Chicago Cubs, took a perfect game into the 9th inning. With one out in the ninth, Jim Qualls (a rookie backup outfielder) singled, breaking up the no hitter. The next batter grounded into a double play; Seaver faced the minimum.
  • Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 1969.
  • Set a modern Major League record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game on April 22, 1970, versus the San Diego Padres with 10 straight Ks. He struck out 19 total in that game, tying the record set by Steve Carlton for most strikeouts in a nine inning game. (That record has since been broken by Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and twice by Roger Clemens).
  • Won his 300th game on August 4, 1985, beating the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium -- on Phil Rizzuto Day.
  • The New York Mets retired his number (#41) in 1988. To date, he is the only Mets player to have his uniform retired by the team.
  • Seaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 7, 1992, with 425 of 430 votes calling for his induction—the highest percentage of yeas in Hall history (98.84%).
  • Seaver is a member of the Mets Hall of Fame (1992), the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame (2003), and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame (2006).



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