MLB Hall of Famer Tom Seaver died on Monday at age 75. His family confirmed his passing in a statement to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” the family’s statement reads. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”
Seaver spent 20 seasons in the big leagues from 1967-86. When he retired, Seaver finished his career as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.
Many connected to the MLB deeply felt the impact of Seaver’s death. On Wednesday night, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also released a statement mourning Seaver’s passing.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time,” the statement reads. “Tom was a gentleman who represented the best of our National Pastime. He was synonymous with the New York Mets and their unforgettable 1969 season. After their improbable World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans – a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my condolences to Tom’s family, his admirers throughout our game, Mets fans, and the many people he touched,” the statement concluded.
Tom Seaver: One of the All-Time Great Mets
Many regard Seaver as the greatest Mets player in history. In 1988, the Mets retired Seaver’s No. 41. The team’s owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, both released statements on Wednesday night.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Mets Legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver,” the statement reads. “Tom was nicknamed ‘The Franchise’ and ‘Tom Terrific’ because of how valuable he truly was to our organization and our loyal fans, as his #41 was the first player number retired by the organization in 1988. He was simply the greatest Mets player of all-time and among the best to ever play the game which culminated with his near unanimous induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
“Beyond the multitude of awards, records, accolades, World Series Championship, All-Star appearances, and just overall brilliance, we will always remember Tom for his passion and devotion to his family, the game of baseball, and his vineyard.”
Fred and Jeff Wilpon write in conclusion: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Nancy, daughters Sarah and Anne and four grandsons, Thomas, William, Henry and Tobin.
In addition to his decorated career on the field, Seaver also served as an announcer for the Mets and Yankees. Later in his life, the late baseball icon started Seaver Vineyards near his California home, CBS Sports reports.
In March of last year, doctors diagnosed Seaver with dementia. Thereafter, Seaver stepped away from the public eye. Seaver is survived by his wife, Nancy, and daughters, Anne and Sarah, and his grandchildren.
[H/T CBS Sports]