Here’s the next 1975 “In Action” card, this time it’s Mets ace Tom Seaver, who was on his way to a third Cy Young Award by the time the season was over:
After posting a record of 11-11 in 1974, Seaver came back with a
vengeance in 1975, going 22-9 with a 2.8 earned run average and 243
strikeouts, leading the league in wins and K’s.
He was in prime form in the mid-70’s, putting together nine straight 200
strikeouts seasons while getting tabbed to ten all-star teams in his
first eleven seasons.
Of course, being in your prime didn’t mean that the improbable could
happen, as Mets fans found out on June 15th of 1977 when Seaver found
himself traded to the Cincinnati Reds for four players, which at the
time seemed like the rich (Reds) were getting richer.
But as baseball has shown everyone many times, having a team that is
STOCKED doesn’t translate to championship seasons every time, as the
Reds suddenly found themselves second-fiddle to the Los Angeles Dodgers
in the West, never making it to the World Series with Seaver on their
Nevertheless, Seaver would ride his power-pitching straight to the Hall
of Fame, finishing up with 311 wins, a 2.86 E.R.A., 61 shutouts and 3640