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Tom Seaver’s Birthday by the Numbers

Posted By Greg Prince On November 17, 2010 @ 7:34 am In 1 | Comments Disabled

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Saluting No. 41 on the Empire level (couldn't find his statue).

It’s amazing how the memory of Seaver’s greatness has faded in New York over the last 20 years. Pitchers whose accomplishments are anywhere near Seaver’s might have been expected to have gained in reputation from having pitched 12 seasons under the scrutiny of New York baseball writers. Seaver’s seems to have suffered.
—Allen Barra, The Village Voice [2], 5/19/2010

Tom Seaver is 66 today.

Tom Seaver was 41 for the first time on 4/13/1967.

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 1 1 vs. Conigliaro, Yastrzemski, Freehan and Berry on 7/11/1967.

Tom Seaver was 2 0 0 0 5 vs. Carew, Yastrzemski, Oliva, Azcue, Powell, Mantle, Wert and Monday on 7/9/1968.

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 0 11 for the first 8.1 vs. Kessinger, Beckert, Williams, Santo, Banks, Spangler, Hundley, Qualls, Holtzman and Abernathy on 7/9/1969.

Tom Seaver was 6 1 1 2 6 for 10 vs. Buford, Blair, F. Robinson, Powell, B. Robinson, Hendricks, Johnson, Belanger, Cuellar, May and Dalrymple on 10/15/1969.

Tom Seaver was 25-7 after 162 in 1969 and 2-1 after 8 more that October.

Tom Seaver was 19 on 4/22/1970, the final 10 of them in a row.

Tom Seaver was 20-10, 1.76 and 2.89 for all of 1971.

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 4 11 for the first 8.2 of 7/4/1972.

Tom Seaver was 1 in ERA, CG, SO, ERA+, WHIP, H/9, SO/9 and SO/BB in 1973.

Tom Seaver was 200 for the 7th consecutive year on 10/1/1974.

Tom Seaver was 200 for the 8th consecutive year on 9/1/1975.

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 3 8 for the first 8.2 of 9/24/1975.

Tom Seaver was 16 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB and 29 K in 27 IP on 7/17/1976, 7/23/1976 and 7/28/1976 yet came away from those 3 starts 0-2 with 1 ND.

Tom Seaver was 9+ on 18 regular-season occasions from 1967 to 1976.

Tom Seaver was 200 for the 9th consecutive year on 9/3/1976.

Tom Seaver was 41 for what seemed like the last time on 6/12/1977.

There isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t heard about Tom Seaver. He’s so good, blind people come out to hear him pitch.
—Reggie Jackson, Oakland A’s, 1973 World Series

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 3 3 after 9 on 6/16/1978.

Tom Seaver was 3,000 on 4/18/1981.

Tom Seaver was 7-1 in the first half-season of strike-sundered 1981.

Tom Seaver was 7-1 in the second half-season of strike-sundered 1981.

Tom Seaver was 41 again on 4/5/1983.

Tom Seaver was 1 in 3B, with 2, after the games of 4/20/1983.

Tom Seaver was 41 for what, in retrospect, seemed like the last time on 10/1/1983.

Tom Seaver was 0 0 0 0 0 in the top of the 25th when the game of 5/8/1984 resumed on 5/9/1984.

Tom Seaver was 3 4 4 1 0 in 8.1 in the regularly scheduled game of 5/9/1984.

Tom Seaver was 2-0 on 5/9/1984.

Tom Seaver was 300 on 8/4/1985.

There is actually a good argument that Tom Seaver should be regarded as the greatest pitcher of all time.
—Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 2001

Tom Seaver was 198-124 for us, 113-81 for others.

Tom Seaver was 106 over .500 from 1967 through 1986.

Tom Seaver was 2.86 after 4,783.

Tom Seaver was 2.62 for every 1 after 20 seasons.

Tom Seaver was 41 on 7/24/1988.

Tom Seaver was 98.8% on 1/7/1992.

Tom Seaver is 66 today.

Tom Seaver is 41 always.


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