Tom Seaver garnered nearly twice as many votes as all the other names on the MetsRewind Hall of Fame ballot, making him the first inductee on the site’s first-ever class.
Obtained by the Mets in a special draft lottery, Seaver pitched 12 seasons for the Mets (1967-1977, 1983), earning the 1967 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award, three National League Cy Young awards (1969, 1973, 1975) and nine All-Star team selections representing New York.
Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson once said, “My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and then sitting down and watching him work.”
In addition to his success and fame with the Mets, Seaver was also at the center of the most infamous trade in franchise history. On June 15, 1977 the Mets traded Seaver to the Reds for Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Dan Norman and Doug Flynn.
In March 2019, the Mets announced Seaver is suffering from dementia.