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Mets legendary pitcher Tom Seaver, 75, passes away

Tom Seaver, Mets, MLB

New York Mets legend and Hall of Fame right-hander Tom Seaver died on Wednesday at the age of 75 from complications from Lyme disease and dementia.

Members of Seaver’s family told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News Seaver died peacefully in his home in California.

The man commonly known as “Tom Terrific” is unquestionably the best player in franchise history.

Seaver spent the first 10-plus years of his career with the Mets, winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1967 as well as three NL Cy Young Awards (1969, ’73, ’75). He led the NL in strikeouts five separate times, and also led all of baseball in ERA in both 1971 and 1973.

The California native was the face of the franchise for over a decade, and he anchored one of the most unlikely World Series champions in MLB history.

Seaver and the 1969 Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by mid-August, and it seemed all but certain they were out of the pennant race.

But the Mets went an astonishing 38-11 run to close the season with a 100-62 record. New York continued their momentum in the postseason, sweeping past the Atlanta Braves and defeating a loaded Baltimore Orioles team to win the World Series.

Seaver ranks fourth among all pitchers in rWAR, and second among pitchers in the deadball era. He also finished his career with 311 wins and 3,640 strikeouts.

Seaver would go on to make two more All-Star teams as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, but he will forever be remembered as the greatest player in Mets history.