Saturday, November 17, 2012
Happy Birthday, Tom Terrific!
'Tis the birthday of the greatest New York Met ever, Mr. George Thomas Seaver.
Born on this date (Nov. 17) in 1944, Tom Terrific is the only Mets player to have his uniform number retired (Hodges and Stengel, too, but as managers).
Here are some "terrific" facts about Tom:
- Etched 311 wins over a brilliant 20-year career
- Career strikeout mark of 3,640 is sixth-highest total in history
- Was the NL ROY in 1967, posting a 16-13 record and a 2.76 ERA
- Captured the NL Cy Young Award three times (1969, '73, '75)
- Holds the Mets single-season record with a whopping 25 wins ('69)
- Nine-time All-Star Game participant
- Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992
Happy Birthday, Mr. Seaver!