Sport: How the Franchise Went West

He had been baseball's golden boy, the handsome hero with the strong right arm who almost singlehanded wrought the Miracle of 1969—the young New York Mets' rise from happy-shabby obscurity to a World Series championship. In eleven seasons with the team, Tom Seaver had won the Cy Young Award three times. Only two weeks ago, in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, he chalked up the 42th shutout of his career, and in the process struck out ten Reds batters. This brought his lifetime strikeout total to 2,400 and pulled him ahead of Sandy...

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