Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Remembering the Tom Seaver Trade on June 15,1977

39 years ago today I was living in New London, CT as a I was working as a chemist at Pfizer in nearby Groton.  Most of the baseball fans there rooted for the Red Sox while my lab partner Butch was a big Yankee fan.  I was one of the few Met fans in that neck of the woods and was loyal to them even though they were playing poorly.  Back then the players salaries were starting to escalate, but General Manager M. Donald Grant was too cheap to meet Seaver's salary demands.  On that day which was the trading deadline he traded Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.  A few days later Joe Torre who recently became Met manager said that in a few years this would be known as the Steve Henderson trade.

The Mets went further downhill from there and didn't begin to recover until the team was sold to Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday in 1980.

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