Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver was recently diagnosed with dementia, his family announced in a statement released by the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.
As a result, Seaver “has chosen to completely retire from public life.”
“Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life,” the statement said. “The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy. We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone.”
Tom Seaver's iconic MLB career
Tom Seaver's iconic MLB career
QUEENS, NY - UNDATED: Tom Seaver of the New York Mets pitches during an MLB game at Shea Stadium in Queens, NY. Seaver pitched for the Mets from 1967-1976 and 1983. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 30: At Shea Stadium, a smiling Tom Seaver flashes 1969 and 1973 baseballs indicating the two times the Met righthander has won the coveted Cy Young Award. Tom accepted the award and became the first non-twenty game winner to take it. The last time he walked off with the award was in 1969, after compiling a 25-win record. (Photo by Nick Sorrentino/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
1978: Tom Seaver #41 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during a 1978 season game. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) New York Met's hurler Tom Seaver proudly displays the Cy Young Award he received May 7th at Shea Stadium as the outstanding pitcher in the National League in 1975. It's Seaver's third Cy Young Award. He was the winner in 1969 and 1973.
NEW YORK - 1974: Tom Seaver of the New York Mets takes a pitching pose in 1974. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
American baseball player Tom Seaver (left) of the New York Mets winds up a pitch to Willie Stargell (1940 - 2001) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during a game at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1969. (Photo by Co Rentmeester/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tom Seaver #41 of the Chicago White Sox winds up for the pitch during a game. Tom Seaver played for the Chicago White Sox from 1984-1986. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
1980s: Tom Seaver #41 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a circa 1980s publicity photo. Seaver played for the White Sox from 1984-86. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 05: Tom Seaver acknowledges ovation from Yankees Stadium fans after he returned home to notch victory No. 300 of an illustrious career. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - CIRCA 1986: Pitcher Tom Seaver #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals during an Major League Baseball game circa 1986 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Seaver played for the Red Sox in 1986. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: Tom Seaver acknowledges cheers from the crowd after throwing out the first pitch before the New York Mets took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Former Mets' pitcher and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver waves to fans at Shea Stadium before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. The Mets went on to beat the Giants in a 13 inning nail-biter by a score of 3-2 and take a 2-1 lead in the series. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Seaver, 74, pitched in the majors from 1967-1986, predominantly with the New York Mets, accumulating 311 wins in the process.
Along the way, Seaver, a 6-foot-1 righty, was a 12-time All-Star, won three Cy Young Awards and helped the Mets win their first World Series in 1969. As the ace for the ‘69 “Miracle” Mets, Seaver won 25 games and had a 2.21 earned-run average in 35 starts.
In addition to his time in New York, Seaver also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. Seaver threw a no-hitter as a member of the Reds on June 16, 1978.
Seaver was a first ballot Hall of Famer when he received 425 of 430 votes in 1992. That percentage of votes — 98.84 percent — was a record until Ken Griffey Jr. received 99.32 percent of the votes (437/440) in 2016. In January, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera passed both by being unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame, appearing on all 425 ballots.