Tom Seaver was a great baseball player that got to spend time with the Chicago White Sox.
It was with great sadness and heavy hearts that we learned about the passing of Tom Seaver on Wednesday evening. This is the kind of loss that will hit the baseball community hard because he was one of the greatest pitchers of all time but he was also an incredible human being. When someone is a Hall of Famer for baseball and humanity, you know they were truly a great one. We are lucky as a Chicago White Sox fanbase to have claimed him as one of our own for a few seasons.
There is no easy way to talk about someone when they pass away so we might as well do it the best way we know-how and that is baseball. Seaver was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He spent parts of the first eleven years of his career with the New York Mets. It was there where he became a legendary player and is today known as one of, if not the greatest player in the history of the Mets.
He then played six years with the Cincinnati Reds before making his way over to our Sox. With the White Sox, he was a tremendous pitcher for parts of three seasons. He went 33-28 and had a 3.67 ERA and a 1.210 WHIP. Those aren’t exactly his New York Mets numbers but they weren’t bad for a player in his late 30s/early 40s. He also accumulated 296 strikeouts over the course of his southside career. It is awesome to know that he got to be a part of our team, even if it was just for a short time.
The cool part about his career with the White Sox is that one of his 33 wins with the club was his 300th career victory. That is quite an accomplishment for a legendary pitcher. He spent most of his career with the New York Mets so it is only fitting that he reached that milestone against the New York Yankees in the Bronx not far away from where he became a legend with the Mets.
In 1969, Seaver was on top of the baseball world when he won the World Series with the team better known as the “Amazin Mets”. He was also a rookie of the year, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, a three-time ERA Title winner, and a 12-time all-star. All of these career accolades earned him an entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was truly a legendary player.
It isn’t fun when players that were truly great people leave us too soon. What it does do, however, is remind us of all that makes this game great and that is amazing human beings off the field playing a beautiful game on the field. We as one baseball fan will miss Tom Terrific. He was 75 years old.