As a fashion spokesman Tom Seaver was a terrific pitcher

As a child of the 1970s I remember Joe Namath hawking products and lending his name to virtually everything. But I don't remember this Tom Seaver ad. And it would be one thing if it was quality clothes in some upscale department store or boutique. But these are leisure clothes from Sears. We bought a [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1967 Denehy/Seaver RC

1967 TOPPS DENEHY/SEAVER ROOKIE Sometimes in life, it's all about the company you keep. Take Bill Denehy, for example. He made it to the Mets in 1967 at the age of just 21, and ended up logging a 1-7 record, with a 4.70 ERA. His most important contribution to the team was as the player [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 2011 Tom Seaver

2011 TOPPS TOM SEAVER DIAMOND DIE CUT Topps created these die-cut, refractive, absurdly thick cards as part of its 2011 Diamond Anniversary celebration. They could be obtained by redeeming code cards found in packs. I was not fortunate enough to unlock this card with any of my codes, but I did amass a large enough [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1984 Tom Seaver

1984 TOPPS TOM SEAVER A few weeks ago I ran across a TV listing for a documentary entitled “The Last Play at Shea.” The Verizon channel guide gave the following vague and syntactically challenged description of the film: “A look is taken at the iconic Shea Stadium before it was torn down.” So with visions [...]

For the Mets, .500 Is Step One

Since their 3-1 start to the season, the Mets have scraped the .500 mark twice: on May 20 at Yankee Stadium, and then last night (6/15) in soggy Atlanta. That’s a couple of pretty fair ballclubs, isn’t it? It’s not like they bulldozed the Mudville Nine to get there: they did it at two of [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1967 Seaver/Ryan RC

This is not a real card but it could have been, as Tom Seaver’s rookie card was issued in 1967 and Nolan Ryan’s came a year later. Ryan appeared in two games for the Mets in 1966 but military obligations limited him to just four minor league games in 1967. Instead, Acme Reproductions made this [...]

Roberto Clemente and the Mets

Most baseball fans know the story of Roberto Clemente. The Hall of Famer played 18 years in the majors, all with the Pirates. A 12-time All-Star, Clemente also won 12 Gold Glove Awards in his career. A four-time batting champion, Clemente played on two World Series winners and was chosen World Series MVP for his [...]

Perez Deal Is No Kazmir Trade

Just like us regular folk, Major League Baseball teams look towards the winter months for something special. The only difference is your mother would be happy with a $50 sweater and the Red Sox spent $20.3 million a year for Carl Crawford. Now it’s common knowledge the New York Mets don’t have much financial flexibility [...]

Edgardo Alfonzo delivers best Mets game ever

If you asked most Mets fans what is the greatest individual game in team history, most would answer Tom Seaver and his outing on July 9, 1969. Seaver took a perfect game into the 9th inning, when with one out Jimmy Qualls broke it up with a single. Seaver retired the next two batters and [...]

Mets Rewind: July 9

Here's what happened on this day in New York Mets history: 1968: Appropriately for 1968, pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays, playing in place of injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the first inning against A.L. starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the day. It is the first All-Star effort [...]

Mets Rewind: June 22

Here's what happened on this day in New York Mets history: 1976: New York Mets traded Jack Heidemann to the Milwaukee Brewers for Tom Deidel. 1984: The New York Mets release Mike Torrez. 1984 - New York Mets purchased Ed Glynn from the Cleveland Indians. 1987: Tom Seaver abandons his comeback attempt with the injury-riddled [...]