Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tom Terrific's Birthday
Here's a post with all the numbers). I was lucky to be at Shea on April 22, 1970, when he tied what was then a record of 19 strikeouts in a game and set a record for striking out the last 10 in a row. I was absolutely devastated on June 15, 1977, when he was traded to Cincinnati for Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn and Dan Norman. I attended his return to NY as a Red, when he faced another of my favorite pitchers, Jerry Koosman. Along with the rest of the crowd, I was cheering for Seaver, who beat the Mets that day. The Mets and I eventually made up, but I continued to root for Seaver for the rest of his great career. 3 Cy Young Awards, 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts and a 2.86 E.R.A. In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and has the only plaque with a New York Mets cap. He now owns a winery in Calistoga, California. I haven't tried it yet but I'm sure the wine is terrific.