(University of Southern California)
New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox
George Thomas Seaver. . .Was the 1967 national League Rookie of the Year. . .Was a 13 time All-Star. . .Was a three time Cy Young award winner. . .Won 311 games. . .Has made more opening day starts (16) then any other pitcher in baseball. . .Was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992...Born November 17, 1944, in Fresno, CA...
George Thomas Seaver was born November 17, 1944 in Fresno California. He joined the Marine Corps in 28 June 1962. He served with AIRFMFPAC 29 Palms, California through July 1963. He remained in the reserves until 27 June 1970. Seaver attended the University of Southern California from 1963 to 1966. He joined the New York Mets as a result of the 1966 lottery.
Tom Seaver was a franchise "power pitcher" who changed the New York Mets from "lovable losers" into "formidable foes". Seaver was an immediate star, selected to the All-Star team in his first season; Seaver won 16 games for a Mets team that won just 61 games. He captured Rookie of the Year honors in 1967. He won his first CY Young award in 1969 with a 25-7 record and a 2.21 earned run average.
Over his 20-year career Seaver won 311 games with an incredible 2.86 earned run average. He also set a National League career record for strikeouts by a right-handed pitcher with 3,272. Seaver struck out 200 or more batters 10 times in a season and once fanned 19 in a single game. His second and third CY Young awards were presented in 1973 and 1975 respectively.
Seaver was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He received an astounding 425 out of 430 (98.84%) ballots cast, which is one of the highest vote percentages for a candidate ever.