Tom Seaver, also known as “The Franchise” or “Tom Terrific”, was really one of the first players to be the face of the Mets. Seaver burst onto the scene in 1967 by winning the Rookie of the Year award and went on to be one of the biggest Mets legends there is.
Seaver would go onto have 7 straight All-star appearances with New York and win 3 Cy Young awards. It took a while for the Mets to actually start winning at the beginning of their franchise history, but Seaver gave Mets fans hope and arguably created the winning in the Mets DNA before the Mets made their run to a World Series title in 1969.
Seaver currently holds the top spot in many Mets pitching categories including Wins (198), ERA (2.57), and innings pitched (3,045.2).
Unfortunately, Mets fans were treated to some sad news in the year of 1977, as the Mets decided to trade away their star pitcher to the Cincinnati Reds. It is known as one of the darkest days in the history of the franchise and did not lead to successful years afterward.
Seaver did return to the Mets in 1983 before moving on to the American League in 1984. Although fans were glad to see The Franchise back with the Amazins, Seaver was on a decline as he posted not so Seaver like numbers. But Mets fans still remember the good old days when Seaver would dominate on the mound like he usually does.
The Mets would eventually retire Seavers number 41, and Seaver is one of only two players in the Hall of Fame to be wearing a Mets cap on his plaque. The Mets are special to Seaver and Met fans hold Seaver very special to their heart too.