Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia, the Seaver family announced in a statement from the Baseball Hall of Fame. "We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone", the statement concluded.
The 12-time all star, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992, will retire from public life, the Seaver family said.
But for many years, Seaver has suffered from the effects of Lyme disease, which can cause cognitive problems similar to dementia.
Tom Seaver of the New York Mets pitches during an Major League Baseball game at Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Seaver pitched for the Mets from 1967-1977 and 1983.
Seaver's career continued to flourish after he was traded to Cincinnati in 1977 for Doug Flynn and Steve Henderson as the native Californian posted a 3.18 ERA over six seasons. It will be erected in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Miracle Mets' run to the first World Series title in franchise history.
"From a team standpoint, winning the '69 world championship is something I'll remember most", Seaver said in 1992.
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron referred to Seaver as 'the toughest pitcher I've ever faced, ' and Hall of Fame pitchers Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Bert Blyleven, and Don Sutton all agreed in an ESPN poll that the Seaver was the best of their generation.
This is something Tom Seaver can't overpower with his fastball. His mark was surpassed in 2016 by Ken Griffey Jr. and this year by Mariano Rivera, the first unanimous selection.
Of course, Seaver's pitch was right down the middle.