Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets, died Monday at the age of 75.
Tom Terrific got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.
The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Seaver returned to the Mets for the ’83 season, but was signed by the Chicago White Sox for the ’84 season after he was left unprotected.
To me, he will always be a member of the New York Mets. He is, after all, The Franchise. RIP