Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life

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An authoritative, “must-read” (Keith Hernandez) biography of Hall of Fame pitching legend Tom Seaver, still the greatest player ever to wear a Mets jersey, by a journalist who knew him well.

He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver is “among the greatest pitchers of all time” (Bob Costas). He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time. Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory.

Born in Fresno, California, Seaver signed with the New York Mets in 1967, leading them to their stunning 1969 World Series victory. After a legendarily lopsided trade, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, then later played for the White Sox and the Red Sox before ending his career following the 1986 season. After his playing days, Seaver retired back to California to establish a successful vineyard. The in 2013, a recurrence of Lyme disease severely affected his memory, which Madden was the first to report. In 2019, Seaver’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia and was withdrawing from public life. Tom Seaver died on August 31, 2021.

Madden began following Seaver’s career in the 1980s. Seaver came to trust Madden so completely that, eager to return to New York from Chicago, he asked Madden to explore a possible trade to the Yankees which never materialized. Drawing in part on their long relationship, Madden “has crafted a biography as terrific as the subject” (Jane Leavy, New York Times bestselling author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy).

  • Author: Bill Madden
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Published: September, 2021
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
Player Biography
Sparky Anderson once said, “My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and then sitting down and watching him work.” Seaver, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, pitched for the summer league Alaska Goldpanners and attended the University of Southern California before inking his first professional contract. Obtained by the New York Mets in a special draft lottery, “Tom Terrific” helped change the team from lovable losers into the “Miracle Mets” of 1969, when Seaver won his first of three National League Cy Young awards. He also earned the 1967 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award and garnered 12 All-Star selections.

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An authoritative, “must-read” (Keith Hernandez) biography of Hall of Fame pitching legend Tom Seaver, still the greatest player ever to wear a Mets jersey, by a journalist who knew him well.

He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver is “among the greatest pitchers of all time” (Bob Costas). He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time. Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory.

Born in Fresno, California, Seaver signed with the New York Mets in 1967, leading them to their stunning 1969 World Series victory. After a legendarily lopsided trade, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, then later played for the White Sox and the Red Sox before ending his career following the 1986 season. After his playing days, Seaver retired back to California to establish a successful vineyard. The in 2013, a recurrence of Lyme disease severely affected his memory, which Madden was the first to report. In 2019, Seaver’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia and was withdrawing from public life. Tom Seaver died on August 31, 2021.

Madden began following Seaver’s career in the 1980s. Seaver came to trust Madden so completely that, eager to return to New York from Chicago, he asked Madden to explore a possible trade to the Yankees which never materialized. Drawing in part on their long relationship, Madden “has crafted a biography as terrific as the subject” (Jane Leavy, New York Times bestselling author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy).

  • Author: Bill Madden
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Published: September, 2021
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
Player Biography
Sparky Anderson once said, “My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and then sitting down and watching him work.” Seaver, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, pitched for the summer league Alaska Goldpanners and attended the University of Southern California before inking his first professional contract. Obtained by the New York Mets in a special draft lottery, “Tom Terrific” helped change the team from lovable losers into the “Miracle Mets” of 1969, when Seaver won his first of three National League Cy Young awards. He also earned the 1967 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award and garnered 12 All-Star selections.

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