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Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tom Seaver

George Thomas "Tom" Seaver turns 69 on Sunday.
George Thomas "Tom" Seaver turns 69 on Sunday. Photo Credit:

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tom Seaver!

George Thomas "Tom" Seaver, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 69 on Sunday. The baseball pitcher was born November 17, 1944, in Fresno, California.

He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves on June 28, 1962 and served with AIRFMFPAC 29 Palms, California through July 1963.

In his baseball career he was recruited to pitch for the University of Southern California by legendary Trojan coach Rod Dedeaux and sent to pitch for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1964.

He was drafted in the tenth round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched from 1967-1986 for four different teams in his career, but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets.

During a 20-year career, he compiled 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86earned run average.

In 1992, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and has the only plaque at Cooperstown wearing a New York Mets hat.

He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and three NL Cy Young Awards as the league's best pitcher.

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