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  • RIP Tom Seaver

    https://baseballhall.org/discover/ha...er-passes-away
    A shame what happened to his mind at the end of his life. RIP to one of the greats.

  • #2
    Lyme Disease, dementia and complications from Coronavirus. So sad.

    Mr. Seaver.
    Riding Shotgun on the Sox Bandwagon since before there was an Internet...



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    • #3
      This is gut wrenching. Tom Seaver was a great pitcher and a class act. Will always remember him winning his 300th game in a White Sox uniform. This has been one horrible year and now this. Tom Terrific, may you rest in peace.
      Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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      • #4
        Until the recent election of Ken Griffey Jr. followed by the unanimous selection of Mariano Rivera, no one had ever garnered a larger percentage of votes for the Hall of Fame than Tom Seaver did when he was elected to the Hall in 1992 (425/430, or 98.8%). 3 ERA titles, 3 Cy Youngs, 5 time-strikeout leader, 12-time All Star, but only the one WS title with the Miracle Mets in 1969.

        RIP Tom Terrific.
        I want my $2

        I wasn't in the last can. I was in the first can. You started at the wrong end. - Tosh

        If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. - GH 1943-2001

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        • #5
          This one hits me hard, RIP Tom Terrific AKA The Franchise. I fell under the Tom Seaver spell in the Summer of ‘69 when the Miracle Mets came out of nowhere to overtake the Cubs. I remember watching the “ imperfect game” as he called it when he lost his no hitter/perfect game with one out in the 9th when Jimmy Qualls dumped a clean hit into Left centerfield. That would’ve been the first no hitter I had ever seen, be it I was watching on TV.

          I followed Tom’s career closely after the 1969 season and in 1970 he was even more spectacular and dominating. The game that captured my imagination that year is when Tom struck out 19 S.D. Padres in a game! I read about it in the papers the next day, and much to my amazement was how strong he finished, he struck out the last 10 batters he faced! Me and my best friend were thinking how cool it would’ve been to be at that game and keeping score, the Ks reading down from the 7th inning to the 9th, nothing but Ks.

          in 1971 I ventured over to Wrigley for my first Cub game ever, (my best friend was a Cub fan, I was a Sox fan of course) but I wanted to see Tom Seaver pitch in person and we begged my friends Mom to take us to the game. What a pain in the ass it was to get to Wrigley from the SW side of the city. Since the a Cubs had no parking by their park we rode the L. That was an experience I’ll never forget. But we finally made it to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs and Mets and it happened to be NBC’s Game of the Week too.

          It was Seaver vs Bill Hands and if I remember correctly the Mets won 5-3 but d have to look it up on Retrosheet to be sure. After the game me and my BFF wanted to hang out and get autographs. He being the Cub fan went over to the side of the stadium where the Cubs would exit, I hung out waiting by the Mets team bus stalking Tom Seaver.

          One by one the Mets came out long after the game ended and most of the players signed for the kids. I asked one Mets player when Tom is coming out and he said probably last, he’s talking to the press. Sure enough as most of the crowd dwindled away out came Tom Seaver and I ran up to him with my scorecard and excitedly asked for his autograph. He was carrying a gym bag in his right hand and he said, “sorry kid, if I put my bag down and start signing I’ll get mobbed and hang up the team bus’ departure.” Disappointed, I walked the entire length of the way from the players entrance to the bus with Tom but he wouldn’t budge.

          After he boarded the bus and sat well in the back of the bus, I noticed the bus driver had left his post and was nowhere to be seen. I don’t know what came over me, but I boarded he Mets team bus and lo and behold as I gazed upon a bus load of Mets I saw Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, Jerry Grote Ken Boswell and a few others when someone noticed me standing in the front of the bus, one Met player said, “hey kid, you can’t be on here, you better get out of here before you get in trouble.” I scrambled off the bus as quickly as I had gotten on it, and laughed at my good fortune seeing the NY Mets and almost getting Tom Seaver’s autograph.

          I saw Seaver pitch a couple more times at Wrigley once as a Met and once as a Red. But I was ecstatic when he came to the Southside to play for the Sox. I saw several more Tom Seaver games, but none quite stand out like the day from 1971 when I was 11 years old and came face to face with Tom Terrific.
          Last edited by Wsoxmike59; 09-03-2020, 11:50 AM. Reason: Clean up some of the autocorrect misspelled words.

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          • #6
            WSox Mike, your story brings back a story about Hank Aaron which I mentioned a few times here on WSI. The Milwaukee Braves of the 50s and 60s were my second favorite team especially after their World Series victory in 1957. One summer day in 1958 some buddies and I went down to Cubs Park from Rogers Park to see the Braves beat the Cubs. We usually took in 5 or 6 games a year as the Cubbies always played day games and it was so easy for us to get there on the L train. So that day we hung around the area where the visiting team made the walk from the clubhouse to the bus on Addison street. That day I managed to get the autograph of every Braves player including HOFers Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, and Red Schoendienst. Aaron was the last player to come out of the clubhouse and I begged him all the way to the bus for his autograph but he didn't acknowledged any of us. I saw him take a seat on the street side of the bus and the window was up, again I begged him, he looked at me and said to me, hey kid I'm Wes Covington as he put the window down At age 12 I ate, drank and slept Major League Baseball, I knew every player in both leagues and their numbers as I watched every game I could on WGN. I owned thousands of baseball cards going back to 1953 and believe me I knew who Henry Aaron was by sight, I've disliked the man ever since that day and wasn't happy when he broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 lifetime homers and every time I see him do an interview I cringe as he is the only player that ever refused to give me an autograph and I got all the big names from the National League, Mays, Snider, Musial, Cepeda and many others. By the time I was able to get down to Sox Park on the L I was getting too old for autographs and was starting to get interested in girls.
            Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 09-03-2020, 04:34 PM.
            Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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            • #7
              Great story a Little Nell. I still have my scorecard from that day. I Should
              dig it out someday and post a picture of it. No Tom Seaver autograph on it however.

              I bought this picture at Soxfest one year and always hoped to get it autographed but that never happened. It’s one of my favorite baseball photos of all time.
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              • #8
                Ah, for the days when a couple of 11 year olds could get on an "L" and go to a ball game without an escort.
                Best reason Rick Hahn should be out of work? Statistics.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by berwyn View Post
                  Ah, for the days when a couple of 11 year olds could get on an "L" and go to a ball game without an escort.
                  Yep, my best friend and I went to a Cubs-Phillies game without an escort on a hot Saturday afternoon game in July of 1957, 11 years old although my first game was a Sox-Senators game on July 15, 1955 with the Cub Scouts and of course a couple of Scoutmasters.
                  3 weeks later we did a Cubs-Redlegs game.


                  Getting back to Seaver, thanks again to him and the rest of the Amazing Mets with a great stretch run in 1969. All that summer I was pulling my fingernails and hair out as it looked like the Addison Street Miracle were going to run away with the division and maybe win the World Series.
                  Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 09-03-2020, 04:29 PM.
                  Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wsoxmike59 View Post
                    Great story a Little Nell. I still have my scorecard from that day. I Should
                    dig it out someday and post a picture of it. No Tom Seaver autograph on it however.

                    I bought this picture at Soxfest one year and always hoped to get it autographed but that never happened. It’s one of my favorite baseball photos of all time.
                    2 true professionals in that photo.
                    Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by berwyn View Post
                      Ah, for the days when a couple of 11 year olds could get on an "L" and go to a ball game without an escort.
                      When we were that age, 3 of us would ride to Comiskey Park on our bikes and see a game for 50 cents.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Harwar View Post

                        When we were that age, 3 of us would ride to Comiskey Park on our bikes and see a game for 50 cents.
                        It was October of '55 when those 3 boys were found murdered in Robinson Woods on the NW Side after seeing a movie downtown. After that parents and kids got more cautious. How old are you? (No answer required)
                        Best reason Rick Hahn should be out of work? Statistics.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by berwyn View Post

                          It was October of '55 when those 3 boys were found murdered in Robinson Woods on the NW Side after seeing a movie downtown. After that parents and kids got more cautious. How old are you? (No answer required)
                          Chicago had quite a few kids who were murdered in the mid 50s. Parents of teenage kids were in a panic including mine even though I was only 9 in 1955 so wasn't old enough to go anywhere without my parents except walking to school and some short errands. The 3 you mentioned were the Schuessler brothers and their friend Robert Peterson. We also had the Grimes sisters who IIRC were found dead next to a deserted road in a western suburb. The 2 sisters had also been to the movies at a southwestside theater. The last one I remember was Judith Mae Anderson who was found in a oil drum floating in Lake Michigan around Montrose Harbor, she had been visiting a friend before walking home.
                          Those horrible crimes have never been solved.
                          Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 09-07-2020, 01:28 PM.
                          Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

                            Chicago had quite a few kids who were murdered in the mid 50s. Parents of teenage kids were in a panic including mine even though I was only 9 in 1955 so wasn't old enough to go anywhere without my parents except walking to school and some short errands. The 3 you mentioned were the Schuessler brothers and their friend Robert Peterson. We also had the Grimes sisters who IIRC were found dead next to a deserted road in a western suburb. The 2 sisters had also been to the movies at a southwestside theater. The last one I remember was Judith Mae Anderson who was found in a oil drum floating in Lake Michigan around Montrose Harbor, she had been visiting a friend before walking home.
                            Those horrible crimes have never been solved.
                            Riding stable owner and pedophile Robert Hansen was convicted of the Schuessler/Peterson murders in 1995. He died of natural causes in 2007 after 2 trials and the appeals that followed. I would have missed a lot of Sox (and Cubs) games if the timing had been different.
                            Best reason Rick Hahn should be out of work? Statistics.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by berwyn View Post

                              Riding stable owner and pedophile Robert Hansen was convicted of the Schuessler/Peterson murders in 1995. He died of natural causes in 2007 after 2 trials and the appeals that followed. I would have missed a lot of Sox (and Cubs) games if the timing had been different.
                              Thanks for the update, I left the Chicago area for Florida in 1993 so 27 years this is news for me.
                              Batting in the second position for the White Sox, number 2, the second baseman Nelson Fox.

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