Seaver was more than just a baseball player to a generation. He was the greatest baseball player.
He was young, brash, talented and good looking. He even had a beautiful, blonde wife. To a 12-year-old kid, he was a hero without a cape.
Should athletes be admire by young kids? If they all were like Tom Seaver, the answer was a resounding yes.
Last year, Seaver retired from public life due to his struggles with dementia. His pride wouldn’t allow him to be seen in a compromising position. Seaver also battled Lyme disease for a long time.