Tom Seaver was the ace of the ‘69 Miracle Mets and the 1973 pennant winners. In his first 10 seasons with the Mets, “The Franchise” won Rookie of the Year, three Cy Young awards, made nine All-Star teams, led the NL in strikeouts five times, ERA thrice, and wins twice. In 1992, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received 98.8 percent of the vote, still the highest ever, and was the only player ever to go into the Hall as a Met until Mike Piazza in 2016. In celebration of his 72nd birthday on Nov. 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of “Tom Terrific” through the years.
One of the top pitchers in Yankees history, Whitey Ford nabbed six World Series rings from 1950 to 1962. In 1961, Ford went 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA to win the Cy Young; he added World Series MVP honors in that year's Fall Classic against Cincinnati. Ford threw 14 shutout innings in the series, winning both his starts; his 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play are a postseason record. Ford spent all 16 of his major league seasons with the Yankees, winning 236 games, the most all-time in franchise history. He was named to the All-Star team 10 times and led the majors in ERA twice (2.47 in 1956 and 2.01 in 1958). As Whitey Ford, nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board," celebrates his 88th birthday on Oct. 21, 2016, we presents 16 classic SI photos of No. 16 through the years.
Longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on July 13, 2010 at the age of 80. In his 37 years as owner, the Bronx Bombers won seven World Series championships and became one of the most celebrated franchises in professional sports. On the fifth anniversary of his passing, we present these classic SI photos of "The Boss."
The greatest hitting catcher of all time, Mike Piazza, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016. Piazza finished his career with a .308 batting average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs in 16 seasons, mostly with the Dodgers and Mets. Here are some classic SI photos of the slugging catcher through the years.
Stan Musial made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 1941. He went on to win seven National League batting crowns, three MVP awards and helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture three World Series championships. Musial spent his entire 22-year career with the Cards and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons. One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Musial died at the age of 92 in 2013. For the 75th anniversary of his big league debut, we present these classic SI photos of "Stan the Man."
Rod Carew was named an All-Star for all but his last of 19 seasons in the majors. The AL's 1967 Rookie of the Year and 1977 MVP won seven batting titles, all with the Minnesota Twins (1967-78). Carew, who retired with a .328 average, played half his career at second base before moving to first in 1976. In honor of the Hall of Famer's 71st birthday on Oct. 1, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Rod Carew through the years.