By the time “Tom Terrific” wrapped up his 1975 season, it was a given that he earned himself his third Cy Youn Award, matching Sandy Koufax as the only players to do so.
So today I give you a “Highlight” card celebrating the feat:
Seaver was in his prime in 1975, posting a 22-9 record with a 2.38
earned run average and 248 strikeouts. The win and K totals led the
league, also contributing to his eighth all-star nod.
It was also the eighth year in a row that he posted 200 or more
strikeouts, as well as fourth 20-win season and eighth sub-3.00 ERA, all
setting him on a path straight to the Hall of Fame after his playing
days were over.
And when those days were over, all Seaver had to show for it was a
brilliant 2.86 ERA, 311 wins, 61 shutouts and 3640 strikeouts over 656
games, all but nine of them starts, and (at the time) the highest
percentage of votes for the Hall.
The guy was incredible, and arguably missed out on being the first
FOUR-time Cy Young winner when he got ripped off in 1981, with the award
going to Dodger sensation Fernando Valenzuela.
Just an amazing talent...