Today’s Game- The Pittsburgh Pirates vs NY Mets- at Shea Stadium in New York. 2:05 pm start. Dock Ellis 1-1 for the Pirates against Tom Seaver 1-0 for the Mets. Time of Game- 2:03 Attendance 18,491.
- When I started to do my research on this game and saw the final score was Mets 1- Pirates 0 the first thought that went through my head was- the Pirates ran into Tom Seaver aka Tom Terrific and it was true. Seaver pitched a brilliant game striking out 14 Pirates giving up only three singles and no walks.
- The Pirates pitching was certainly good enough to win most games- Dock Ellis the starter went 7 innings and gave up only one run- all he made was one mistake- and it was a solo home run by Mets first baseman and former Pirate Donn Clendenon in the fourth inning- that was all the scoring.
- For the Pirates Al Oliver had two singles and Dave Cash added a single- the Pirates didn’t get a runner past first base.
- The New York Mets in 2021 are in the 60th year of their existence and I think without question the greatest player in their franchise history- is Tom Seaver. In his 12 seasons as a Met he won 198 games lost 124 and had a 2.57 ERA. He won his 3 Cy Young Awards as a Met. In thinking about it- this is the 54th season I’ve followed baseball and If I were naming a team of the greatest players I’ve seen at each position I think I’d go with Tom Seaver as my right handed starting pitcher. Seaver won over 100 games more than he lost during his entire career- 311 wins and 205 loses with a career ERA of 2.86. He was a picture perfect pitcher as far as mechanics go. There are Met fans who are still ticked off about his being traded mid way through the 1977 season to the Reds. If Seaver was pitching on television I was watching- and I was lucky enough to have seen him in person at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium a number of times. With Seaver it seemed like if you didn’t get to him early in the game forget about it he just got stronger and stronger as the game went on.