Today in Baseball History; Tom Seaver blanks Bucs.

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Tom was Terrific

Tom was Terrific

One of my passions is baseball history, so it will be natural for me to do a daily note on This Day in Baseball History. Of course, I’ll keep it Mets as often as I can.

What better way to start off than with Tom Seaver, who, on this day in 1975, shut out Pittsburgh, 3-0, at Shea Stadium. It was one of 44 career shutouts and 171 complete games in his Hall of Fame career.

One of Seaver’s club records which will never be broken is 21 complete games in 1971. With how the game is played these days, it might never be touched by anyone.

Of course, a post on Seaver is incomplete without asking you of your favorite moments of No. 41.

6 thoughts on “Today in Baseball History; Tom Seaver blanks Bucs.

  1. A boxscore for Tom Terrific’s 20th win. One of the 26 games Roy McMillan won as a manager when M Donald Grant fired Yogi in August because he thought McMillan had “Gil Hodges’s quiet strength”. McMillan was just quiet. And stupid enough to use a 269 OBA average hitter like Gene Clines in the leadoff spot. Mike Vail’s call up when he looked like a future star. Injured himself in the offseason playing basketball and was never the same.

    Tom Seaver memories? A lot, especially when you could watch about 130 Mets games on WOR-TV (how many “Million Dollar Movies” and “Beat the champ” bowling shows can you televise?). I think Cub fans could watch more but that’s about it. The Mets broadcast more games on poor people’s TV than the Yankees on WPIX-11.
    But for some reason I always associate Seaver with getting his 300th win for the White Sox at Yankee Stadium when George Steinbrenner retired Phil Rizzuto’s number in an ultimately successful attempt to get the Scooter in the Hall of Fame (God rest his soul, Rizzuto was a sweet guy but electing him to Cooperstown was a mistake). WPIX did bring back Lindsey Nelson to broadcast the 9th and when he won the game Nelson said “By now Seaver is so excited he’s talking in a high pitched voice only dogs can hear”. Would the Mets have won the NL East/World Series in 1984/85 if they hadn’t exposed Seaver to the list of players available for compensation when the Blue Jays signed Dennis Lamp from the White Sox? Who did they protect instead of Seaver?
    Another thing that sticks in my mind is when he was elected to Cooperstown he did a long interview with Howie Rose on WFAN. Not the usual patting oneself on the back so many athletes do but very thoughtful. When I got home, I made to turn on WFAN to hear the rest.
    Of course there was the sheer nightmare of him being traded in 1977 because the Mets wouldn’t renegotiate his contract and decided to get nasty with planting stories with Thornton Geary’s father in law.
    attacking Nancy Seaver.
    Above all we should thank baseball’s unknown soldier Commissioner Spike Eckert
    who voided the contract Seaver signed with the Atlanta Braves because the USC baseball team played two exhibition games and the Mets’s name was drawn out of a hat instead of the Phillies or Cleveland. An additional thanks to the Dodgers who in 1965 drafted Seaver but wouldn’t pay the $70,000 Seaver wanted.

  2. Dan (1): Thanks for your very thoughtful reply and the history lesson at the end. Could you imagine Seaver and Drysdale in the same rotation? Not to mention Seaver, Niekro and Aaron on the Braves? History could have dramatically been different.-JD

  3. Seaver and Drysdale would have only been together for 2 1/2 years but I would not have wanted to been a hitter facing them back to back. It would have been Seaver and Don Sutton for about 15 years if everything else had stayed the same. Just thinking off the top of my head, do the Dodgers trade for Andy Messersmith who later became the first “free agent” (along with a retired Dave McNally) because the Dodgers wouldn’t give him a no trade clause? Does someone else become a free agent a year or two later? Almost certainly but look how long it took baseball to get lights for night games (1935 under Reds maverick leader Larry MacPhail) and helmets (1953 by Pittsburgh).

  4. Good luck on your endeavour, John. How about a football blog? As for Seaver, My fondest memory is of him winning game 5 in the playoffs against the reds. Tom even had 2 ribbys in that one.

  5. 3. Dan- Imagine an outfield of Cleon, Agee and Reggie Jackson. Mets bypassed him because he had a white girlfriend and m. donald didnt like that, or so the story goes.

  6. #5 That’s one story which Jackson is particularly fond of telling. But Whitey Herzog who was director of player development says the Mets chose Steve Chilcott because he was a better prospect since top catchers are always very rarer. It was bad luck Chilcott injured his shoulder while doing military service (days of the draft and going into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam) and it wasn’t properly diagnosed. But yeah, the Mets could have easily had an outfield of Jackson, Amos Otis and Ken Singleton to go along with Seaver, Koosman and McGraw. I once played Strat O Matic computer replays from 1970 to 1975 which such teams and got 5 straight NL East titles (tie with the Cubs in 1972). I guess the real life where everything goes right is thru Joel Sherman’s book “Birth of a Dynasty: Yankees in 1996”. Several teams bypassed Derek Jeter in the amateur draft, Florida and Colorado don’t draft an injured Mariano Rivera in 1993, Yankees don’t trade him in 1996 for Felix Fermin, Steinbrenner stumbles into hiring Torre and dumping on Showalter, Gene Michaels doesn’t tell Steinbrenner the White Sox would trade Lance Johnson for a young Bernie Williams so he stays, Peter Angelos doesn’t put David Cone on hold while deciding to sign him and Steinbrenner gets through. Why the Yankees get such breaks and we seldom do just shows there is little justice in the universe.