Monday, August 4, 2014

Tom Seaver Wins His 300th Game

On this day in Baseball History August 4, 1985, Tom Seaver of the Chicago White Sox wins his 300th game by throwing a complete game against the New York Yankees in front of 54,032 fans at Old Yankees Stadium. Stealing the thunder from Phil Rizzuto on Phil Rizzuto Day at the stadium, Seaver allowed only 6 hits and one walk, while striking out 7 ending the game by getting Don Baylor to fly-out.

Seaver became just the 17th pitcher to ever reach the 300-win plateau. Here is the list of the other 16 300-game winners at the time Seaver joined the club (in the order in which they reached the plateau):

  1. 1888 Pud Calvin
  2. 1890 Tim Keefe
  3. 1890 Mickey Welch
  4. 1891 Charles Radbourne
  5. 1892 John Clarkson
  6. 1900 Kid Nichols
  7. 1901 Cy Young
  8. 1912 Christy Mathewson
  9. 1915 Ed Plank
  10. 1920 Walter Johnson
  11. 1924 Grover Alexander
  12. 1941 Lefty Grove
  13. 1961 Warren Spahn
  14. 1963 Early Wynne
  15. 1982 Gaylord Perry
  16. 1983 Steve Carlton
Here is footage of Tom Seaver retiring Don Baylor for the final out in his 300th win:

Seaver would go on to finish his career with the Boston Red Sox in 1986 compiling a 311-205 career record with a 2.86 ERA in 20-seasons. Seaver was the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year Award a 12-times All-Star with 2 National League Cy Young Awards (1969/1973) and 5-top ten MVP votes.

Seaver would be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA as Player in 1992 by a whopping 98.84% of the vote (425/430 ballots). Seaver holds the distinction of being the player to be inducted by the highest voting percentage in the baseball Hall of Fame history

While special that he won his 300th in New York City, it would have been even more so had it happened in Flushing while Seaver was wearing the Mets' pinstripes. Tom Seaver was truly terrific.

Until Then Keep Playing Ball,
Baseball Sisco

For Further Reading:
- Click Here for Tom Seaver's career statistics from Baseball
- Click Here to access the boxscore for Tom Seaver's 300th win on August 4, 1985 from Baseball