Thursday, September 3, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 3, 2020 -- "Tom Seaver, 1944-2020"


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"There are some baseball greats on this list, but they played a different version of the sport than did Tom Terrific. Cy Young and Kid Nichols pitched the earliest parts of their careers from a distance of 50 feet to the plate. Only Lefty Grove pitched most of his career after the game changed to bring more power in after 1919. Seaver is clearly the best pitcher born in the 20th century -- taking that title from Warren Spahn along the way --  and given what we know about the evolution of baseball, that made him comfortably the best pitcher who had ever lived as of the 1980s."