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Mets to unveil Tom Seaver statue on Friday

Tom Seaver and the 1969 New York Mets World Championship trophy by second base at Citi Field during a 40th celebration of the team on Saturday, August 22, 2009.8db00lbj
Credit: Kevin R.Wexler/NorthJersey.com file

The New York Mets will unveil a statue commemorating legendary pitcher Tom Seaver before their home opener on Friday.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in advance of the game at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Among those on hand will be Seaver’s widow, Nancy, and their daughters, Sarah and Anne.

Seaver died on Aug. 31, 2020, at age 75.

The statue was created by sculptor William Behrends, who immortalized Willie Mays in a statue that stands outside Oracle Park in San Francisco and Tony Gwynn in a monument at Petco Park in San Diego. The 3,200-pound artwork shows Seaver in motion and stands 10 feet high and 13 1/2 feet wide.

“This is a wonderful way to honor Dad’s legacy, and to celebrate his wonderful years in New York,” Sarah Seaver said in a news release. “The Mets have been working on this for years, and to see William Behrends’ vision come to fruition is so exciting and very touching. We are thrilled to share this with all the fans who supported Dad throughout his career.”

Seaver pitched from the Mets from 1967-77 and was the dominant National League pitcher of the era, winning the league Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award three times. He was a key member of the Mets 1969 World Series-winning team, finishing 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA.

He had a record of 198-124 with a 2.57 ERA and threw 171 complete games — 44 of them shutouts — in a Mets uniform.

In the second half of his career, Seaver pitched for the Cincinnati Reds (1977-82), then returned to the Mets in 1983. He also played with the Chicago White Sox (1984-86) and Boston Red Sox (1986).

Seaver retired at age 41 with a career record of 311-205 and a 2.86 ERA. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, named on 98.8 percent of the ballots.

–Field Level Media