Tom Seaver, Closer?

An article by posted on January 1, 2014

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Tom Seaver won 311 games during his great career. He won 198 of those games with the Mets.

He also saved one career game.

The year was 1968. The day was July 7th. The Mets were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in a doubleheader that Sunday afternoon at Connie Mack Stadium. The Mets had already lost lost the first game 4-3. Danny Frisella was starting game two for the Mets, facing off against the Phillies Larry Jackson.

Frisella went 8 innings that afternoon and the Mets held the lead 4-2 going into the bottom of the 9th. It wasn’t Tom Seaver that was handed the ball, instead it was Jerry Koosman. Jerry faced one batter, hitting Tony Gonzalez. With zero out and one on, then it happened – Tom got the call from the pen.

Tom struck out cleanup hitter Dick Allen on three straight pitches. Johnny Callison came up next and Seaver quickly got him to fly out to center for the second out.

With two out and the tying run at the plate, the only man who stood in the way of Tom’s only career save was third baseman Tony Taylor. On an 0-1 pitch, Seaver got Taylor to fly out to Cleon Jones in left field to end the game and pick up his one and only career save.

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Roger is a lifelong Mets fan since 1981, now married with kids and still knows that there is no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark with your child. Growing up, he wanted to be either the Second Baseman for the Mets - or their statistician. Follow him at @BigMetsFan1. email me at metsfanontwitter@aol.com

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