Charlie Seaver, Tom Seaver, Nancy Seaver discussed on Murph and Mac


This is close to home in the sense that his family or close friends could be listening right now, because he died in just right up the road. I mean, he was in our area for the last 25 years of his life. He was right here. Probably listening to KNBR Paul. He was a Yes, well fan, he would come down to San Francisco sometimes on weekends and just watch games, you know, and he would be seen around the batting cage around that, you know, it's funny. I never I started racking my brain. I don't think I ever had an encounter with him. We had him on the show, Murph. We did an interview with him. One year. I remember we recorded it after we It wasn't live. It was one of those deals where he might have been promoting one of his wine endeavors. A and we went to the studio after the show and reported the conversation. Yeah, I'd love to find that now me to fit in the system. But here's something you won't throw on the table about Seaver. Now that, like just I'm older. Your older like is your right when Seaver was like at his peak peak was like the mid seventies Too late seventies. I guess he won the Cy Young and 69 73 75. Right. So those years those airs peak years and growing up like now, I can appreciate this because you see all the interviews with him from those years and he definitely appears to be like a very dapper gentleman. Oh, yeah, he's not. In other words. He's not Joe name if he's no, no fact reserved, gentlemen. He's very polite, like when I watched the footage last night of him when it was announced he was going to leave New York and go to the Reds, like when he got emotional, and he starts talking about the fans. I'm like, Look at the way he's like I was just like looking at his the way he handled himself like a Murphy. I'm not kidding. Total gentleman. No, You're absolutely right. I read Atanas stuff about him last night and one of the one outside of the incredible physical feeds on the mound and they are well go through some of those. You know whether it's 311 wins or 3000 when he retired, was third on the all time strikeout list. Yeah, and he and Walter Johnson are the only guys in the history of baseball. 300 wins. 3000 strikeouts in a career IARA under three career. 2.8 60 are a which is bananas. But one of the many things that outside of all that was just one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Was off the field, his persona his personality his, you know, he married his high school. His actually is a girl from the city from Fresno, writing another listener, Perry. We have listeners down in Fresno and and, you know, I was telling cops Do you know his father is a whole another story? His father was very iconic athlete at Stanford, one of the great amateur golfers in the history of California. California State Amateur champion Has everybody talking about that? I was named after him. He also played football and either basket. I think you played football baseball at Stanford or foot. His dad was a legend to Charlie Seaver. Yes, our leak. See, Tom married. She grew up in Fresno. Tom and Nancy Seaver were considered this light that, like, kind of like and and I'm not exaggerating here. Kind of like John and Jackie Kennedy. They were sort of that way. Right? Right. Like they were just not know They were that first couple of baseball really worried They were going that way. And in fact, the reason why he left the Mets to go to the Reds. What involved his right? No, I didn't know it was a take No prisoners, salty, angry New York sports columnist. You just took it just decided he had a beef with Seaver. Because, well, because see for what Seaver was part of the union Seaver lead that players union. And at that time it was very controversial. You know, there are a lot of people who didn't want baseball be messed with, you know, stay in your lane. Players don't form a union and Dick Young was a friend of the owners. And so he was, like, all look at Tommy. He needs more money or he wants what he wants. He was like, Oh, you and your stupid union. So he went after Seaver like crazy. Interesting. Dick Young was I mean, these guys man they went. He called him Tom toe with thick with W's t. W w you know, he called him a baby Just cause he wanted to stand up for the players and the players union. Yeah. Yeah. And so then what is what, like got involved. So he put young published a piece. Saying that Nancy Seaver is making two man. That's because Nolan Ryan salary. Yes, that's it. That's it. Tom Seaver said You'd bring my wife in. They don't come out. Drink me right now. And I respect respect. Even that, like that's a gentleman right there. You see my wife? That's it. I'm out of here and move one more because I don't think he mentioned this one real quick. Just something one stat here. Tom Seaver, nine straight 200 plus strikeouts seasons. That's the longest in major league baseball history. Nine straight seasons, which I got a ton of unbelievable stats were including the 69 season when they chased down the Mets for them because they were down like 8.5 9.5 midsummer. In his final 11 starts 10 0 with a 134 and in his final 6 September starts when they chased down the Cubs and I had to win every game. Didn't allow a single homer. Didn't allow a single stolen base and went undefeated and through complete games. All six Yes. No, it's Yeah, Yeah. Listen that Matt Cain stat of like getting caned. In that year that met scored three runs or fewer for him and in 17 games. He won 12 of them Teo highest winning percentage of all time. And they said in in in the 1969. He pitched the ninth inning 18 times and never surrendered a run or an extra base. Come on, You know, I mean, it's and and then we get Murph later on. We got to get into the complete games, too. That's a whole other thing when I was alright, their ninth inning 18 anyway, and it's so sad because dementia The young age, where last year they made it and that the family put out a statement saying he was retiring from public life because of dementia, and any family has been touched by dementia. I know mine has, I'm sure, many, many, many, many of our listeners have been affected by dementia, their families. It's just so tough for a young guy, too. He's 75 75 anyway, is very iconic. I wanted yes, especially because especially because his family's right up here right up the road in Calistoga. And if you're if they're anybody's listening up in Calistoga, we send our deep last thought. Murph last thought, and I know you're a big baseball history guy would you say? Would you call him the greatest arm of that generation? Yeah, no question. That's really this. I mean, you know you hate to bring up Roger Clemens because he's such a jerk. But Clemens is on that Clemens comes to mind. But Walter Johnson in the history of the game is like we're really only one of the other ones. Nolan Ryan, But Seaver was better than Ryan. No wash. No, He was better better than Ryan considerably better than he really was. But he's and it's just, you know, he's just like I said he had an air about certain guys haven't air in the gentleman duty. General General the heartbreak King story that Richard Tom Verducci wrote in last year in Sports Illustrated. About five old Mets teammates went to go see him one last time in Calistoga last year, and they came to San Francisco and Nancy Seaver said. He's not having a good day go so they had to cool out. And they were planning to fly out on Sunday and they only had the one day on Saturday. They called seven more. And they said, You know, he's having a good day. Come on up, and it did. Trevor. Dude she writes about The day they spent nine hours with him on his ranch in Calistoga. They goto a long lunch and they just go through all the memories And just like you guys with D C.

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