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A look back at Tom Seaver’s history against the Yankees

Baseball lost one of its’ most iconic figures Wednesday as Tom Seaver died at the age of 75. Here is a look back at Tom “Terrific’s” history facing off with the Yankees. 

Major League Baseball is in the midst of grieving the loss of an icon. Wednesday, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died at the age of 75 at his home in complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

Seaver pitched from 1967-86 spending 11 and a half seasons with the New York Mets (1967-77, 1983), six and a half with the Cincinnati Reds (1977-82), two and a half seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1984-86), and part of 1986 with the Boston Red Sox.

The Hall of Famer’s accolades include:

  • 12× All-Star
  • World Series champion (1969 Mets)
  • 3× NL Cy Young Award
  • NL Rookie of the Year (1967)
  • 3× NL wins leader
  • 3× NL ERA leader
  • 5× NL strikeout leader
  • No-hitter on June 16, 1978 (Reds)

Seaver’s 311 career-wins ranks 18th all-time and his 3,640 strikeouts rank sixth.

While Seaver spent much of his career in the NL and played in the pre interleague play era, he did end up making four starts against the New York Yankees upon his arrival with the Chicago White Sox, with one being one of the most memorable in his entire career.

Seaver made his first career start against the Yankees on April 26 of 1985 while with the White Sox. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball while striking out six Bombers to record his second victory in a Chicago uniform.

Later that season, on August 4, Seaver made his first career start at Yankee Stadium in search of history. The then 41-year-old entered his start with 299 career-wins. With a victory, he’d clinch career-win No. 300, which is seen as an automatic admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Seaver wouldn’t just earn his 300th win that day but do so in dominant fashion as he pitched a complete game that saw him strike out seven and allow just one run in part of a 4-1 White Sox victory.

In 1986, Seaver made two more starts against the Yankees in what would be the final season of his career. On May 6, while still with the White Sox, he allowed five runs and failed to record a strikeout in a losing effort.

On September 13, while with the eventual American League champion Red Sox he again fell to the Yankees as he allowed five earned runs and struck out just two batters in what would be his second to last start of his career.

While the Hall of Famer is best known for his work in a Mets uniform in which he never faced off with the Yankees, the Bombers still found a way into one of Tom “Terrific’s” most iconic moments.

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