Tom Seaver for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman
|Date: June 15, 1977|
|Sent: Tom Seaver|
|Received: Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman|
June 15, 1977. More than any other, the day that lives in infamy for Met fans. For many fans, this was even worse than the September and October collapses, worse than watching Beltran take strike three, worse than 1988 NLCS, and worse than watching the Yankees charge the Shea Stadium pitcher's mound to celebrate their fourth straight World Series championship.
June 15, 1977 was the day the Mets traded the franchise. Tom Seaver came up with the Mets in 1967 when the Mets were the laughing stocks of baseball. He won a Rookie of the Year Award, 3 Cy Youngs, two pennants, and a World Series. But the era of free agency had begun, Seaver wanted a quarter of a million dollars, and the Mets decided to trade him away.
The Mets re-acquired Seaver before the 1982 season, and lost him again after the season when they left him unprotected.
The Mets are not a small town team that can't pay its legends. Budget considerations and rebuilding plans should not have prevented Seaver and the Mets from working things out. Tom Seaver should have spent his entire Major League career with the Mets. His trade marked the darkest day in Mets' history.