Baseball Hall of Famer George Thomas Seaver was born in California in 1944. Although in high school, Seaver was a lettered basketball player, the pictcher’s mound in baseball was where he found his athletic groove.
As his career expanded into Major League Baseball, Seaver became known for performing both well on the field – earning the nickname “Tom Terrific” during his 20-year professional baseball career – and off the field.
Seaver was recruited by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1965, but when the young pitcher asked for an annual salary of $70,000, the Dodgers passed. In 1967, Seaver became a part of the baseball team he would become a powerhouse for – the New York Mets.
His baseball accolades would pile up during the 12 years that Tom Seaver played for the Mets, including National League Rookie of the Year, three Cy Young awards, and three ERA titles. His 20-year career included an impressive 311 wins and 3,640 strikeouts.
When Seaver retired from baseball in 1987, he moved to the broadcasting booth and served as a scout for various teams until he retired from baseball for good in 2005. In 2002, he and his wife, Nancy, whom Seaver married in 1966, began a vineyard on their 115-acre estate in California.
Tom Seaver’s problems with memory were first reported in 2013, but he was not diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia until 2019, when his family announced Seaver’s retirement from public life.
On September 2, 2020, Tom Seaver died from complications of COVID-19 and Lewy Body dementia. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children.