'One of my favorites': Ozzie Smith posts tribute after death of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

(KMOX) - The baseball world lost a giant this week when it was revealed on Wednesday that Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver passed away at 75-years-old after complications from Lyme disease and dementia. Hall of Famer players who faced him or played with him have been posting tributes to the three-time CY Young Award winner, including St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith.

The Wizard posted a Tweet on Thursday morning with the nickname "Tom Terrific" and said the pitcher was "one of my favorites." 

Seaver made 51 career starts against the Cardinals and was 25-13 with a 2.69 ERA. 

Tom Terrific was a great competitor but was a better person Had the ability to communicate and a good sense of humor. One of my favorites. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/KE0dR5LLmj

— Ozzie Smith (@STLWizard) September 3, 2020

Smith and Seaver's MLB careers overlapped from 1978 to 1986, which included Seaver's last All-Star Game and Smith's first in 1981. They helped the National League to a 5-4 victory in that mid-summer classic. Smith walked twice and stole a base, while Seaver pitched one inning that included a home run to Ken Singleton and a strikeout of Carlton Fisk. 

Seaver was also reportedly friends with another Cardinals Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson. He once hit a doubl off Seaver, but also struck out 15 times against him.

Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. pic.twitter.com/5zFY8RmgTy

— Mark Tomasik (@retrosimba) September 3, 2020

There's a great story told by catcher Tim McCarver to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about when Seaver and Gibson faced each other on April 12, 1973 at Busch Stadium:

At spring training, Seaver’s teammate John Milner rapped three doubles against Gibson. This was late in spring that he would get a fourth at-bat and Gibson would still be in to pitch, McCarver said.
On brand, Gibson plunked Milner.
In spring.
In a game that didn’t count, for doubles that didn’t count.
Seaver apparently took note.
The way McCarver recalls the duel at Busch, which was won by Seaver, Gibson got in the box and Seaver went up and in with intent. Gibson, his ankle sore, spun away from the pitch to avoid getting hit — and then spun back to spit accusation at Seaver.
“You’re not that (gosh darn) wild,” McCarver said Gibson shouted.
“Neither were you when you hit Milner,” Seaver challenged.
Colorful comments followed.
“He’s the only pitcher that I recall who ever retaliated with Gibson," McCarver said. “And now they’re the closest of friends.”

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