LISTEN: A Look Back At Tom Seaver's 2009 Interview With Joe & Evan

Hall Of Famer Discusses '69 Team, Importance Of MLB History And More

Joe & Evan
March 08, 2019 - 4:23 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets, along with the rest of the baseball world, were devastated when news broke Thursday that Mets all-time great Tom Seaver had been diagnosed with dementia and would be retiring from public life.

Seaver is known for being the greatest player to ever put on a Mets uniform, and reports have already emerged that the franchise has plans in the making to honor the Hall of Fame pitcher this season.

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In honor of "Tom Terrific," we took a look at the former pitcher's interview with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts from 2009, where Seaver spoke about the importance of appreciating the history of the sport, the magic of the Mets' 1969 World Series Champion squad, the role Gil Hodges had and much more.

"Great franchises are built on their history," Seaver said in an interview with Joe and Evan at the Mets' 40th anniversary celebration of the 1969 World Series Team. "If you go back through and look at the Yankees and look at the St. Louis Cardinals and you look at the Dodgers, that's what baseball is about. If you talk to me about my youth, it was about the history of the game of baseball... 

"This game is built on history more than any other sport... The history, the foundation- that's what the '69 team did. It gave this franchise a legitimate foundation to continue to build on."

One key factor in the franchise's first World Series title was the role manager Gil Hodges played.

Hodges was brought in to manage the Mets in 1968, leading the team to a 73-89 record, which at the time was the most wins the young franchise had accumulated in its seven years of existence. 

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In the following season, Hodges lead the "Miracle Mets" on the team's shocking run to a World Series Championship. When asked about that magical season, Seaver did not shy away from expressing how important Hodges was to both him and the entire team.

"Everything. Huge. Massive," Seaver said on the impact the manager had on the '69 team. "There was one way to play the game and one way only as a professional. He was the boss. He was in charge physically, he was in charge intellectually, he was in charge historically... he was a marine sitting in that dugout, running his ballclub.

"There was only one leader, and you loved him. I adored him. He's the most important man in my professional career."

To listen to Joe and Evan's full 2009 interview with Tom Seaver, click on the audio player above. 

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