February 25, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 41, Tom Seaver (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Take a moment for yourself, if you will, and think about the great players — the truly great ones, the all-time players — who you got to see play live. On July 5, 1985, when I was 18 years old, I saw Tom Seaver pitch in that mausoleum of a ballpark, Cleveland Municipal Stadium. If the records are correct, there were 6,024 other people there, too. It didn’t feel like that many. The place felt deader than normal. The Tribe was the worst team in the American League, and football season in Cleveland had begun in the imagination.

The Tribe started a guy named Jerry Reed, who has the same name as the singer who did “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft).” That…

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