It was back on July 24, 1988, that the Mets honored Tom Seaver during a pregame ceremony at Shea Stadium. “Tom Seaver Day” was devoted to celebrating “The Franchise” and retiring number 41.
Seaver became the first Mets player to have his number retired by the club. The team’s all-time top pitcher, “Tom Terrific” still holds just about every club record for a starting pitcher.
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The pregame ceremony was attended by a packed crowd and included former players and team officials. When it’s his turn to speak, Seaver chooses a unique and classy way to thank the fans. He runs out to the mound and bows to the fans in each section of the stadium.
Seaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
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The Mets opponents on “Tom Seaver Day” were the Braves. The team that had originally selected Seaver before having to forfeit their rights to him for violating MLB rules. Another amazing coincidence is that the Braves starting pitcher that game, making his MLB debut, was future Hall of Famer John Smoltz!