|Tom Seaver's daughers Sarah Seaver Zaske and Anne Seaver with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon after 41 Seaver Way was unveiled. Photo by Jason Schott.|
On Thursday morning, to inaugurate a weekend in which they will honor the 1969 World Championship team, the Mets honored Hall of Famer Tom Seaver by renaming the street between Northern Blvd. and Roosevelt Ave. (formerly 126th St.) to Seaver Way and changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon announced the change in a ceremony in front of the ballpark, and announced that the team has commissioned a statue of Seaver to be built in an area near the Home Run Apple in front of Citi Field. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
“Tom was a once-in-a-lifetime player and will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in Mets history. Tom truly lived up to his nicknames of 'Tom Terrific' and 'The Franchise,'” said Wilpon. “The address change to 41 Seaver Way has been in the works for a long time and is the first of our efforts to honor Tom. Today we are also officially announcing that we have commissioned a statue in honor of Tom that will be coming soon to Citi Field.”
Seaver's teammates from the 1969 Miracle Mets - Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones, and Ron Swoboda - were on hand for the special ceremony.
Jones said afterwards, "Seaver, to me, says to me that the 1969 team will always live because he was a part of it, but to have a street named in honor, and that will be associated with both his career and 1969, that means that Cleon Jones will be able to live. Today I'm still in awe of what he still accomplished, but it still to me was a team effort because he wasn't a selfish guy; he was always about team, and to me, this is a team honor even though we're honoring Tom Seaver."
Tom's daughter's Sarah Seaver Zaske and Anne Seaver said“We were so happy to be part of this ceremony and our father is so honored and humbled to be memorialized in these ways,” . “We thank the amazing fans for their outpouring of love and support.”
Seaver spent 12 years with the Mets and went 198-124 in 401 games with a 2.57 ERA (870 earned runs/3,045.2 innings) with 2,541 strikeouts. Nicknamed “The Franchise,” Seaver is the Mets all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, shutouts (44), ERA, complete games (171) and starts (395). He won three Cy Young Awards with the team in 1969, 1973 and 1975 as well as the Rookie of the Year in 1967. Seaver led the team to the 1969 World Series championship going 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA (67 earned runs/273.1 innings) in 1969 and led the Mets to the 1973 NL Championship after going 19-10 with a 2.08 ERA (67 earned runs/290.0 innings).
The Mets previously honored Seaver by retiring his uniform number, 41, and inducted him into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1988. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1992 with 425 of a possible 430 votes. Overall, he compiled a 311-205 record in 656 career games with a 2.86 ERA (1,521 earned runs/4,783.0 innings) with 3,640 strikeouts.