Baseball Fans Mourn Death of Former Cincinnati Reds and Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver

Seaver — also known as "Tom Terrific" — passed away in his sleep at the age of 75 from complications of COVID-19 and Lewy body dementia.

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Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has died at the age of 75. According to the Hall of Fame, Seaver — also known as "Tom Terrific" — passed away in his sleep on Monday, Aug. 31 from complications of COVID-19 and Lewy body dementia.

Seaver played six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, from 1977-'82, and also played for the Chicago White Sox (1984-'86), Boston Red Sox (1986) and spent 12 season with the New York Mets (1967-'77 and 1983).

"Tom Seaver was one of the best and most inspirational pitchers to play the game," said Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini in a statement. "We are grateful that Tom's Hall of Fame career included time with the Reds. We are proud to count his name among the greats in the Reds Hall of Fame. He will be missed."


The Reds says Seaver won 75 games for the team between 1978 and 1982, and was a National League All-Star for them in 1978 and 1981. 

He threw his first and only career no-hitter in 1978, when the Reds played the St. Louis Cardinals on July 16. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he also became only the fifth player in game history to record 3,000 strike-outs in 1981.

Other accolades include three Cy Young Awards and three National League ERA titles.

“Tom’s fierceness as a competitor was matched by his daily preparation and workout regimen,” said Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Intelligent, passionate, disciplined, respectful and driven, he was as fine a pitcher as the game has seen.”

Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in 1992, "when he was named on 98.8% of ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the highest voting percentage ever received at the time," says the Hall.

And celebrities and baseball fans from across the spectrum — and team loyalties — are taking to social media to remember Seaver and his greatness.



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