Baseball legend and Fresno native Tom Seaver passed away Monday at the age of 75. The celebrated pitcher was considered the epitome of a Hall of Famer.
He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 for his 20-year career in the Major Leagues. His early years with the New York Mets set him apart right away.
“He came up in 1967 and immediately won Rookie of the Year,” says Jon Shestakofsky, vice president of communications and education for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. “Two years later, wins his first of three Cy Young Awards as the best pitcher in the National League, and leads the New York Mets to their first World Series championship in only their eighth season of existence.”
Shestakofsky says Seaver put the Mets on the map, earning him the nickname “Tom Terrific.” In total, he won 311 games.