Tom Seaver Wins His First On This Day In Mets’ History

Where did the time go?
SEAVER: Won the first of many on this day.

Forty-five years ago today in Mets’ history (1967), Tom Seaver won the first game of his Hall of Fame career in going 7.1 innings in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium.

Seaver struck out five and was supported by two RBI from Bud Harrelson and one each from Ken Boyer, Tommy Davis, Ron Swoboda and Ed Kranepool.
Seaver went on to win over 300 games (his 300th was with the Chicago White Sox against the Yankees) and be inducted into the Hall of Fame, getting 98.84 percent of the vote, the highest percentage in history.
He’s the only Met in the Hall of Fame wearing a Mets’ cap and is the only player in franchise history to have his uniform number retired. Managers Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel had their numbers retired.
In the 50th anniversary of the Mets coming to being, the team will give away bobble head dolls of some of their greatest players, among them Seaver (this Sunday), Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza.
I would have hoped they’d include Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry.

5 thoughts on “Tom Seaver Wins His First On This Day In Mets’ History

  1. You could argue that Seaver is the only Met who deserves to be in the Hall.

    I agree with you on the other names. I would also include Mook.

    • dave: He is. The Mets might retire Straw’s number, or Doc’s, or Keith’s, but I don’t think that puts them in the Hall of Fame. … I like Mookie Wilson, but I wouldn’t retire his number.-JD

      • I meant the bobble head doll. Not retire.

        I am not sure what number I would retire other than Seaver. I would honor these other guys. The 69 team, 73 team, the mid 80’s, 2000 team and the 2006 team.

        They should recognize the star players from our best teams. But if you look at all the numbers you can retire a handful but most players were either not good enough or did not play long enough.

        Doc and Straw are prime examples. They should have been candidates for the Hall, but their demons killed their careers.

        I liked Mookie a lot. Many fans loved him. He was a nice player. Not great, but he was a nice player with a great attitude. I am glad he is still part of the organization.

  2. To think withing a four year period, Seaver, Nolan Ryan (second in Hall of Fame voting percentage), Tug McGraw and Jerry Koosman all debuted with the Mets. And all were eventually traded away although McGraw for Stearns was reasonably balanced.