Tom Seaver, one of baseball’s greatest right-handed power pitchers, a Hall of Famer who won 311 games for four major league teams, most notably the Mets, whom he led from last place to a surprise world championship in his first three seasons, died on Monday. He was 75.
The cause was complications of Lewy body dementia and Covid-19, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the league’s rookie of the year in 1967, and was an All-Star nine times in 10 full seasons with the Mets. He had five seasons with more than 20 wins for the team, led the league in strikeouts five times and in earned run average three times. He won three Cy Young Awards as the league’s best pitcher. Seaver won 311 games for four different teams. But Mets fans called him Tom Terrific for turning around the club’s fortunes.