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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tom Seaver and the Enduring Hope of the 1969 Mets

Tom Seaver looked out the window of his home office in Calistoga, Calif., his back to baseball and the past.

Behind him on this day in May 2017 were photographs and totems of a career that in both form and substance stands as the closest man has ever come to mastering the art of pitching. There was a shot of young Tom standing with Gil Hodges, not only his manager with the Mets but also a fellow Marine and a second father to him. There were his three Cy Young Awards, from 1969, ‘73 and ‘75.

Body and coif still robustly thick at age 72, Tom peered ahead, to his grape arbors on Diamond Mountain, with Mount St. Helena looming in the distance. Dear God, he could not believe how lucky he was.

One day back when Tom was at the height of his pitching prowess, his brother-in-law asked him, “What will you do when you’re done?”

Some thoughts on a player and a team in twilight- be prepared, as it gets rather heavy at the end.

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 1969, mets, tom seaver

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: October 24, 2019 at 01:11 AM (#5893838)
it seems a truce was worked out this year between the Seaver family and the media. a few similar stories ran months ago, then nothing. then this.

another example, imo, of the decency of media in an era where few believe there is any.

Ron Swoboda and Art Shamsky - two platoon OFs in a year where that was common and yet incomprehensible now - are the chief storytellers left. I read Swoboda's new book - they both have new books - and it was terrific. sounds like Shamsky's is as well. not copy-edited into an inch of life. just a round guy in the mid/late 1960s who caught lightning in a bottle and admits his many failures and enjoys his successes.'

buddy of mine caught an event tonight also with Koosman - who has had some issues - and Cleon Jones, who doesn't seem as eager to hit the public eye as often. or maybe it was Ed Kranepool instead of one of them.

meanwhile, I was a big 1969 Mets fan and I attended a family wedding in Napa Valley a month ago - and it occurred to me on the redeye back home that, crap, how close was I to Seaver's winery?

   2. AndrewJ Posted: October 24, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5893888)
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.
   3. Srul Itza At Home Posted: October 24, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5894029)
I was 14 in 1969. Damn, what a year. Started with Superbowl III, then the Miracle Mets, and then the Knicks season started and finished up next year with the Willis Reed game.

Damn.

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