Come the June 27 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets’ 1969 world championship, Citi Field’s address will be 41 Seaver Way — and that’s just part of the permanent tribute planned for Tom Terrific.
A statue will also honor Tom Seaver, one of the very greatest athletes ever to play in one of the greatest sports towns, a 12-time All-Star who racked up three Cy Young awards, 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts and a 2.86 lifetime ERA.
And in ’69, No. 41 won 25 games (and his first Cy Young) with a 2.21 ERA and 18 complete games.
Illness recently obliged Seaver, 74, to retire from public life. But he can still appreciate these honors — the stretch of 126th Street named for him, with the Mets’ home park given his number, in time for the anniversary.
The statute won’t be unveiled ’til next year, but the team’s Hall of Fame committee will share the full plans for the big to-do.
In fact, “Tom Seaver was Hall of Fame from the day he showed up. He was that guy from Day 1 . . . He’s the only one I can think of,” ’69 teammate Ron Swoboda told The Post’s Kevin Kiernan. “When he came out of the box, he had the confidence and the stuff to go out and be Tom Seaver.”
Extreme excellence is getting its due.
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