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Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24: Hall of Famer Tom Seaver is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Sad news for an all-time great: Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia. As a result the 74-year-old Hall of Famer has retired from public life, his family says. He will continue to work at the winery he owns in Calistoga, California.

Seaver was a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner -- in 1969, 1973 and 1975 -- and was the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year. His career record: 311-205 with a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and 61 shutouts from 1967-86. He won 20 games five times in his career and, of course, was the star of the 1969 Miracle Mets. He tossed a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds in 1978. Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility with 98.84 percent of the vote. That vote percentage would remain the record until Ken Griffey and, later, Mariano River would pass the mark in 2016 and 2019, respectively.

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