Mets Honor Tom Seaver With Street Renaming, Announce Statue In Works

Ryan Chatelain
June 27, 2019 - 12:53 pm
The Mets unveil a sign for 41 Seaver Way at Citi Field on June 27, 2019.

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The Mets have a new address, officially changing it Thursday to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

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In a ceremony outside Citi Field, 126th Street in front of the ballpark was renamed Seaver Way. Citi Field's address is now 41 Seaver Way. (No. 41 was the three-time Cy Young Award winner's jersey number.)

"A player like Tom Seaver comes along once in a lifetime," Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. "He's undoubtedly the most prominent and dominant pitcher in our team's history, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Mets uniform."

Tom Seaver in 2009
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Wilpon said he made a promise to Seaver and his wife, Nancy, when he visited them at their California vineyard in 2016 "that we'd honor his legacy properly here at Citi Field with something special. That something special is 41 Seaver Way."

Wilpon also announced that the team has commissioned a statue of Seaver that will be erected outside the stadium, a gesture some fans of the team believe was long overdue.

"We will keep you in informed on the progress and timeline once the final plans are approved by our Hall of Fame committee and we have a construction schedule," Wilpon said.

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Seaver played 20 seasons in the majors -- 12 with the Mets. He was a 12-time All-Star and member of the Mets' 1969 World Series-winning team. Seaver was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1992. 

In March, Seaver's family announced he was diagnosed with dementia and was retiring from public life.

His daughters, Sarah and Anne, and his grandchildren represented the Seaver family at the ceremony Thursday, which kicked off a weekend celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 team at Citi Field.

"Dad loved, he loved playing in New York," Sarah said. "He loved playing for you New Yorkers. He loved pitching. He loved the work, the work that he put into pitching. And he still loves to work, and he still loves to work hard.

"Mom and Dad both are very, very proud of this, very proud to know that that work that he loved so very much will be remembered and that it may serve to inspire all those young boys and girls to work just as hard at the work that they truly love."

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