Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

The Mets, who retired Seaver's No. 41 in 1988, are set to celebrate the 1969 team on June 29, but released a statement after news broke of Seaver's diagnosis indicating they will still honor him, even though he will not be able to attend the ceremonies.

The news of Seaver's illness saddened the baseball world, with former Mets and others sharing their admiration for the pitcher, who won a total of 311 games for the Mets, Reds, White Sox and Red Sox in a career that stretched from 1967 to 1986.

Seaver has limited his public appearances in recent years.

Seaver, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, is a three-time Cy Young Award victor and played in the major leagues from 1967 to 1986, pitching for the Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

He's just 74 years old.

Seaver pitched for the Mets from 1967 until 1977, when he was traded to Cincinnati after a public spat with Mets chairman M. Donald Grant over Seaver's desire for a new contract. The first of those awards came in 1969 when Seaver won 25 games and led the "Amazin' " Mets, once the laughing stock of sports, to the World Series title. "PECLB002103-topic.html" class="local_link" >Ken Griffey Jr. and this year by Mariano Rivera, the first unanimous selection.

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"My biggest disappointment? Leaving the Mets the first time and the difficulties I had with the same people that led up to it", Seaver told The Associated Press ahead of his Hall induction in 1992.

Mets fans have been calling for a Seaver statue at Citi Field since the stadium opened in 2009.

"We've been in contact with the Seaver family and are aware of his health situation", Mets owner Jeff Wilpon said in a statement posted to the team's Twitter account.

Seaver earned the nickname "Tom Terrific" for his great pitching performances while with the Mets.

Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. In every way he was "The Franchise" and finished his career as a member of the 300-win club and 3,000-strikeout club.

A star at USC, Seaver was drafted by the Braves in 1966 and signed with them only for Commissioner William Eckert to void the deal because the Trojans already had played exhibition games that year. "My wife Monica and I have the Seavers in our prayers". Any team willing to match the Braves' signing bonus could enter a lottery, and the Mets won out over Cleveland and Philadelphia.

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