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Tom Seaver Diagnosed With Dementia, Retiring From Public Life

Hall of Fame Ace Tom Seaver is suffering from dementia. As a result, he will retire from public life while continuing to work in his “his beloved vineyard at his California home.”

The 74-year-old righty led the “Miracle Mets” to an almost impossible world series title in 1969, the first in franchise history. To this day, he remains the undisputable best player in Mets history and most likely the best pitcher to anchor a Cinncinatti Reds staff.

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“The Seaver family announced today that Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has recently been diagnosed with dementia,” the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said in a statement Thursday.

“Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life. The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy.”

Fellow Hall of Famer Jim Palmer spoke about Seaver after the news broke. He tweeted “The Seaver family has confirmed the sad news Tom will “completely retire from public life due to dementia.” I always strove to be like Tom both on and off the field. Tom Terrific for a reason. #Metslegend41 @Mets @masnOrioles @Orioles.”

Seaver capped off an incredible 20-year career with a Hall of Fame induction in 1992. He racked up 311 wins, 12 All-Star nominations, and three Cy Young awards.

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Written by Bill Piersa