Tom Seaver Nearly Perfect
“It’s been my philosophy, ‘If it happens, it happens,” Seaver said in a Chicago Tribune article in 1978.
Nine years after Qualls’ single, Seaver’s quest for a no-hitter finally ended. On June 16, 1978, Seaver accomplished the feat while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, recording the first Reds’ no-hitter since Jim Maloney no-hit the Houston Astros on April 30, 1969.
“I always felt that if I ever pitched a no-hitter, it would come on a night like this, on a night when I wasn’t overpowering,” Seaver said after the game.
The Reds beat the Cardinals 4-0 on the night that Seaver threw his no-hitter, but St. Louis drew three walks off of the right-hander to erase his shot at a perfect game.
Two years after he left baseball, the Mets retired Seaver’s No.41 at Shea Stadium. In 1992, Seaver was inducted to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He ended his 20-year career with a 311-205 overall record and a 2.86 ERA while recording 3,640 strikeouts, ranking sixth all-time.
“He always figured out some way to beat you,” Tim McCarver told Daily Sports News in 1988. “He had overwhelming confidence on the mound. He was in charge out there.”
Kristen Gowdy was the 2014 public relations intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum