NEW YORK — Tom Seaver was a legend in New York and drew many tributes befitting the face of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” when it was announced that he’d passed away Wednesday night.
The New York Mets, for whom Seaver pitched for 11 seasons and was a broadcaster for seven, led the tributes. Seaver’s jersey will hang in the Mets dugout for their game today against crosstown rivals the New York Yankees.
The Mets also tweeted out statements from several of Seaver’s teammates and Mets greats of the past and present Thursday night.
Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez, a former teammate, was saddened as well.
I am deeply saddened of the passing of Tom Seaver.I had the honor of unsuccessfully hitting against him & having as a teammate.He is the greatest Met of all time. No one will ever surpass him that wears the orange & blue.My condolences to Nancy & his family.Tears.— keith Hernandez (@keithhernandez) September 3, 2020
Former home run king Hank Aaron spoke of times visiting Seaver at his California vineyard.
I remember meeting Tom Seaver @ his first All-Star Game, and I knew he was a special person.He was a terrific pitcher and a wonderful friend. I was lucky to have dinner in his home in New York and in California which I remember fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) September 3, 2020
But it wasn’t just the Mets and figures from baseball but many New Yorkers who remembered Seaver’s greatness and what he meant to the city over the past 50 years. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo both remembered the man they called “The Franchise.”
Tonight baseball fans and all New Yorkers mourn in unison.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 3, 2020
Tom Seaver was not only a baseball player — he was a Miracle Met who brought skill and honor to the game.
The family of New York extends our deepest sympathy to his family and fans.
Hollywood stars with connections to the New York area also remembered Seaver. Actor and comedian Adam Sandler tweeted out that he was a favorite of his entire family.
Talk show host, comedian and Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel called Seaver his “first favorite Met.”
National figures remembered Seaver as well. Former President Bill Clinton tweeted his condolences.
I’m saddened by the passing of Tom Seaver, a great competitor who did so much for baseball, New York, and America.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 3, 2020
Senate Minority Leader and New Yorker Chuck Schumer called Seaver a “New York legend.”
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather recalled watching Seaver pitch, saying he would “never forget it.”
Tom Seaver owned the pitching mound with grace and power, part artist, part dynamo. Those of us who saw him pitch will never forget it. He made a miracle happen, and an era passes with himMay he Rest In Peace.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) September 3, 2020
To the everyday New Yorker, Seaver represented nostalgia for an incredible year in American history and New York sports history. SNY captured footage of a fan leaving flowers at Citi Field which is located at, naturally, 41 Seaver Way.
Seaver passed Thursday night at the age of 75.