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Tom Seaver

1964 Alaska Goldpanners
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1965 Alaska Goldpanners
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Out ofFresno City CC (64) / USC (65)
BirthplaceFresno, CA
H/W;B/T6-1, 195 ; R/R
Born11/17/1944
Debut04/13/1967 MLB#7

MLB HALL OF FAME Seaver's 300th Victory  

PANNERVISION - TOM SEAVER VIDEOS

No-hitter, July 26, 1964 (2) vs. Fort Richardson Pioneers (7 innings)
Combined No-Hitter (with Mike Paul) August 23, 1964 vs. Brandon, NE

 

 


Fairbanks Reference on 1972 Topps Tom Seaver

 

Pictures Courtesy of Ed Kopec, Seaver & Goldpanners Superfan



     

1965: Dramatic Midnight Sun Game Ends With Strikeout


Tom Seaver's Pitching Motion (From the 1965 Midnight Sun Game)


SEAVER SET THE STANDARD
 FOR A GENERATION

By Andy Sterns

Seaver and the ‘60s

Tom Seaver set the standard for a generation of big league pitchers.

In his twenty-year career in the Major Leagues, the righthanded fireballer won 311 games and notched 3,640 strikeouts, while posting a 2.86 career ERA, and picking up three Cy Young awards. Seaver was elected overwhelmingly to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 -- the first year he was eligible for the ballot -- by the highest percentage in history.

But before Seaver became the National League’s 1967 Rookie of the Year, and a world-famous New York Mets champion in 1969, “Tom Terrific” was an Alaska Goldpanner. He played in Fairbanks for two seasons with the Panners (1964-65), after his first year of college ball, at Fresno City College, and second after his transfer to the University of Southern California.

The transfer to USC came as a direct result of Tom’s progress during his summer with the Fairbanks club. In those days, Panner manager Red Boucher had struck a highly successful relationship with legendary USC coach Rod Dedeaux, which still bears fruit into the next generation of ballplayers.

The Goldpanners teams of the mid-60’s were loaded with big league prospects. In addition to Seaver, six other players from the 1964 and 1965 teams made it to the Majors.

1964 was a big year in Goldpanner history -- highlighted not only by a talented team that played in the National Baseball Congress championship game, but by also three other important events: the dedication of Growden Memorial Park, the installation of the first outdoor ballfield lights in the state of Alaska, and the first visit to Fairbanks by longtime team General Manager Don Dennis.

Governor Egan attended the ‘64 Midnight Sun Game to dedicate the park to the memory of James Growden, a teacher and coach from Fairbanks, who lost his life in Valdez during the great earthquake of ‘64. Also celebrated were the lights -- for use on any dark, cloudy, rainy or smoky night they’re needed- except, of course, never during a Midnight Sun Game. (continued on p.25)

Later Goldpanners GM Don Dennis was also in attendance at the ‘64 Midnight Sun Game, in his dual role as the sports editor at the Grand Junction, CO Sentinel, and as an advisor to the visiting Grand Junction Eagles, in town to play a five-game Midnight Sun series with the Panners. Red Boucher, the Goldpanners founder and GM, always had a good eye for talented people, on the field and in the front office; and after a few years of lobbying, Boucher convinced Dennis to come to Fairbanks in 1967 as his assistant, although it wasn’t that tough a sell. Dennis was impressed by Boucher, the Goldpanners organization and Alaska baseball. He was also intrigued by the opportunity for adventure that Alaska offered. When Dennis took over the GM’s post from Boucher, he used his recruiting skill and contacts in college baseball to put together the Goldpanner teams that won five National Baseball Congress Championships in the decade of the 1970s.

Seaver didn’t arrive in Fairbanks in time to play for the Panners in the ‘64 Midnight Sun Game -- a 10-5 loss to the Eagles -- but he put his name in the Goldpanner record books later that summer at the NBC tournament, when he teamed with Mike Paul to pitch a no-hitter, a 6-0 win over Brandon, NE; and while Seaver made his reputation in the majors as a power pitcher, at that same NBC tournament -- in a game that Seaver pitched in relief -- he proved that he could hit for power too, belting a sixth inning grand slam in an 8-3 victory over the hometown Wichita Oldsmobile team. In his autobiography, Seaver wrote that his NBC grand slam was the biggest thrill of his entire baseball career.

Seaver and Ironman Mies

Another of Seaver’s Goldpanner teammates in ‘64 and ‘65 was pitcher and first baseman George Mies, who put his stamp in the Panner record books by playing seven consecutive seasons -- from ‘60-‘66 -- a mark for longevity that went unmatched until last year, when Fairbanks native Sean Timmons, a member of the current Goldpanner generation, tied Mies’ record as the longest-tenured Panner.

While Timmons will take sole possession of the “ironman” title with his return to the team this summer, Mies’ accomplishments and contributions to the Goldpanners will never be forgotten -- especially his performance in the ‘65 Midnight Sun Game against the USC Trojans. Tom Seaver was the starting pitchier in the solstice ballgame, taking the hill against his college teammates, and opposing pitcher 1964-65 Panner John Herbst.

Mies came in to the game to relieve Seaver in the fifth inning-without any warmup, after Seaver split his hand bare-handing a comebacker- and the game featured what is arguably the greatest edge-of-your-seat ending in Midnight Sun Game history, as reported by Stan Caufield on page 5 of this year’s Goldpanners yearbook." (2004 Yearbook)

 

PRESSBOX

"The things I remember best about playing at USC are that we worked hard, learned a lot and had a really great time doing it,” Seaver once said. “I learned more in one year at USC under coach Dedeaux than I would have in two or three seasons in the low minors. I learned concentration and to stay in the game mentally."

 

Left, from top: Joe Austin, John Herbst, Rick Monday, Butch Thompson, Steve Clark, Skip Hancock and Walt Peterson.   Middle, from left: Mike Stepovich, Tom Seaver, Bob Maxwell, Phil Blackwell, Graig Nettles, Dennis Smith, and Gary Sutherland.  Bottom, from left: Bud Hollowell, Curtell Motton, Buddy Bovender, H.A. (Red) Boucher, Sam Suplizio, Jimy Williams and Mike Paul.  Batboys: Tommy Alexander and Wolfgang Fischer.

"(Rod Dedeaux) offered Tom a full scholarship and asked him to test his skill in first-class competition. Dedeaux wanted Tom to go to Alaska and pitch for the Goldpanners. The spring session had ended at Fresno City, so Tom got on a plane to Fairbanks. Upon his arrival in Alaska, he was greeted by Goldpanners manager Red Boucher. Mr. Boucher gave Tom a uniform and drove directly to the ballpark, where the Goldpanners were playing the Washington State Bellingham Bells. The score was tied 2-2. Tom was asked to get in uniform and go to the bullpen. By the sixth inning, Tom was brought into the game, having just got off the plane. He struck out the first batter he faced, got the next one to pop up, and went on to win the game.  At the end of the summer season, Tom was named to the All-Tournament team at the National Baseball Conference tournament in Wichita, Kansas. There was no question that he would get a scholarship to USC."



2006 Yearbook Cards


2005 Team Set


2004 Team Set


MSG Set

Tom Seaver - 1964-65
1960s All-Stars


Decade: 1993-2002

All-time grape
Vintage Seaver


Trojans celebrate Dedeaux's 90th birthday



Running to Home for a Score


Seaver Plugs Goldpanners
During World Series.. Again!

It took only until the second inning of the World Series opener for Tom Seaver to deliver his annual plug for Fairbanks and the Alaska Goldpanners on national television Tuesday night. more...
 

"I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation, Red, for the opportunity you made available to me and the time you spent helping me as a Goldpanners.  [It was] a vital step in my progress" (Diamonds in the Rough, p. 27)

 

 

THE ALASKA LEGISLATURE

Seal of the State of Alaska

*  HONORING TOM SEAVER  *
*  1992 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE  *
 

The members of the Seventeenth Alaska Legislature take great pride in recognizing baseball immortal and former Alaska Goldpanner, Tom Seaver upon his selection to the baseball Hall of Fame.  The selection of Seaver by the Professional Baseball Writer's Association of America for induction marked not only the first time that a former Alaska League player has been elected to join the Cooperstown elite, but his 98.8 percent vote also established a new record.  Read the Entire Text

Tom Seaver, 1964

1964 Alaska Goldpanners with Tom Seaver  ('64,'65), Graig Nettles ('64,'65), and first-ever draft pick Rick Monday ('64)

Tom Seaver ('64,'65) - Member, MLB Hall of Fame

Tom Seaver - 1965 University of Southern California

Tom Seaver - 1969 Miracle Mets

Kingman, Seaver

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1964 Alaska Goldpanners
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1965 Alaska Goldpanners
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Batting Stats

YEARGABRHBI2B3BHRBBSOSBAVG.POS.
1964194711139011590.277P/OF
1965919231000240.158P/OF
 28661316100117130.242 

Pitching Stats

Position Name Year ERA G GS CG So W L Sv IP H R ER BB SO
RHP Tom Seaver 1964 4.27 11 5 3 109 6 2 1 58.2 53 33 28 34 70
RHP Tom Seaver 1965 1.95 8 6 2 109 3 2 1 45.2 36 19 10 21 51
RHP Tom Seaver Career 3.26 19 11 5 222 9 4 2 104.1 89 52 38 55 121

Fielding Stats

YEARPOS.GPOAETCDPPct.
1964OF731150.800
1964P116701301.000

1965

P861101711.000

 

 


Major League Statistics  1967-1986

Pitching

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  GF  CG SHO SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO   ERA *lgERA *ERA+  BFP 
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
 1967 22 NYM NL  16  13  35  34   1  18   2  0  251.0  224   85   77  19   78  170  2.76  3.38  122  1029
 1968 23 NYM NL  16  12  36  35   1  14   5  1  277.7  224   73   68  15   48  205  2.20  3.02  137  1088
 1969 24 NYM NL  25   7  36  35   1  18   5  0  273.3  202   75   67  24   82  208  2.21  3.67  166  1089
 1970 25 NYM NL  18  12  37  36   1  19   2  0  290.7  230  103   91  21   83  283  2.82  4.01  142  1173
 1971 26 NYM NL  20  10  36  35   1  21   4  0  286.3  210   61   56  18   61  289  1.76  3.40  193  1103
 1972 27 NYM NL  21  12  35  35   0  13   3  0  262.0  215   92   85  23   77  249  2.92  3.35  115  1060
 1973 28 NYM NL  19  10  36  36   0  18   3  0  290.0  219   74   67  23   64  251  2.08  3.63  175  1147
 1974 29 NYM NL  11  11  32  32   0  12   5  0  236.0  199   89   84  19   75  201  3.20  3.59  112   956
 1975 30 NYM NL  22   9  36  36   0  15   5  0  280.3  217   81   74  11   88  243  2.38  3.45  145  1115
 1976 31 NYM NL  14  11  35  34   0  13   5  0  271.0  211   83   78  14   77  235  2.59  3.30  127  1079
 1977 32 NYM NL   7   3  13  13   0   5   3  0   96.0   79   33   32   7   28   72  3.00  3.76  125   390
         CIN NL  14   3  20  20   0  14   4  0  165.3  120   45   43  12   38  124  2.34  3.95  169   641
         TOT NL  21   6  33  33   0  19   7  0  261.3  199   78   75  19   66  196  2.58  3.88  150  1031
 1978 33 CIN NL  16  14  36  36   0   8   1  0  259.7  218   97   83  26   89  226  2.88  3.54  123  1075
 1979 34 CIN NL  16   6  32  32   0   9   5  0  215.0  187   85   75  16   61  131  3.14  3.74  119   868
 1980 35 CIN NL  10   8  26  26   0   5   1  0  168.0  140   74   68  24   59  101  3.64  3.57   98   692
 1981 36 CIN NL  14   2  23  23   0   6   1  0  166.3  120   51   47  10   66   87  2.54  3.56  140   671
 1982 37 CIN NL   5  13  21  21   0   0   0  0  111.3  136   75   68  14   44   62  5.50  3.72   68   501
 1983 38 NYM NL   9  14  34  34   0   5   2  0  231.0  201  104   91  18   86  135  3.55  3.64  103   962
 1984 39 CHW AL  15  11  34  33   1  10   4  0  236.7  216  108  104  27   61  131  3.95  4.16  105   978
 1985 40 CHW AL  16  11  35  33   0   6   1  0  238.7  223  103   84  22   69  134  3.17  4.32  136   993
 1986 41 CHW AL   2   6  12  12   0   1   0  0   72.0   66   37   35   9   27   31  4.38  4.31   99   309
         BOS AL   5   7  16  16   0   1   0  0  104.3  114   46   44   8   29   72  3.80  4.19  110   450
         TOT AL   7  13  28  28   0   2   0  0  176.3  180   83   79  17   56  103  4.03  4.24  105   759
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
 20 Yr WL% .603 311 205 656 647   6 231  61  1 4782.7 3971 1674 1521 380 1390 3640  2.86  3.64  127
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
162 Game Avg    16  10  34  33   0  12   3  0  249.3  207   87   79  19   72  189  2.86  3.64  127  1010
Career High     25  14  37  36   1  21   7  1  290.7  230  108  104  27   89  289  1.76  4.31  193  1173
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
                 W   L   G   GS  GF  CG SHO SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO   ERA *lgERA *ERA+  BFP