300 Wins for Tom Terrific

On this day in 1985, Tom Seaver pitched a complete game win for the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium, it was the 300th of his Hall of Fame career. It seems strange that Seaver achieved this milestone wearing a White Sox uniform, but back in those days clubs were able to “draft” unprotected players as compensation for losing a free agent. The Mets failed to protect Seaver because they incorrectly assumed that no one would pursue a high-salaried, 39-year-old starting pitcher and left him off their protected list.

The game featured 7 Hall of Famers (Seaver, Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield with Billy Martin managing the Yankees and Tony LaRussa leading the White Sox).

You can watch the Sox broadcast of the game here:

Seaver pitched two and a half seasons in Chicago. he was 33–28 with a 3.67 earned run average and 17 complete games in 81 appearances. On May 9, 1984 he won 2 games against the Milwaukee Brewers when he picked up a win in relief by pitching the 25th (and final) inning of a suspended game,before starting and winning the day’s regularly scheduled game. He finished his career with 311 wins.

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