Tom Seaver (1992)
Tom Seaver played only one season in the minor leagues before being called up to the Mets in 1967. That season Seaver pitched 18 complete games with a 16-13 record, 170 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.76. In that first year, his pitching record was so strong that he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Seaver followed his first year with nine consecutive seasons of over 200 strikeouts.
In 1969, after helping to lead the Mets to their first World Series win, Seaver won the National League Cy Young award. He led the league in wins and ended the season with a 25-7 record, 208 strikeouts to 82 walks, and a 2.21 ERA. The next two seasons, Seaver led the National League in both ERA and strikeouts, with a 2.82 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 1970 and a career low ERA of 1.76 and a career high of 289 strikeouts in 1971.
Seaver won his second National League Cy Young award in 1973, again leading the league in ERA and strikeouts. He ended the season with a 19-10 record, 251 strikeouts to 64 walks, and a 2.08 ERA. Two years later, Seaver won a third Cy Young award, this time leading the National League in wins and strikeouts. In 1975, he had a 22-9 record, with 243 strikeouts to 88 walks and a 2.38 ERA.
In June, 1977, after 13 games with the Mets, Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. While he was with the Reds, Seaver pitched his only no-hitter game in 1978. He also had 226 strikeouts that year. In 1981, he led the National League in wins with 14. However, after a poor showing in the 1982 season, Seaver's only bad year, the Reds traded Seaver back to the Mets.
Due to poor judgment by the Mets management, Seaver ended up a free agent in 1984 and the Chicago White Sox acquired him in a compensation draft. Seaver, at the age of 39, had to accept a contract with the White Sox or retire from baseball. He decided to continue playing, and he stayed with the White Sox for two and a half seasons until they traded him to the Boston Red Sox in 1986. Seaver retired after the Red Sox released him at the end of the 1986 season.
Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with the highest percentage of votes (98.84%) of any other player.
Statistics for Seaver in 20 seasons (1967-1986) in the major leagues include:
- 5 seasons with 20 or more wins, with a high of 25 in 1969
- 10 seasons with over 200 strikeouts, with a high of 289 in 1971
- 12 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 1.76 in 1971
Career statistics for Seaver include:
- 656 games played
- 4,782.2 innings pitched
- 311-205 win-loss record
- 3,640 strikeouts to 1,390 walks
- 2.86 ERA