The family of Tom Seaver along with the National Baseball Hall of Fame gave an announcement that revealed that the baseball legend was suffering from dementia.
The statement read
"Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life," the Seaver family said.
"The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy. We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone."
His former teammate while he was playing for the New York Mets, Art Shamsky revealed that Seaver was suffering from short term memory loss.
In addition to this, he was also diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991 which inter caused Bell’s Palsy. After a dormant period, the disease reoccurred in his system. Due to this, he suffered from memory loss, sleep disorder, and vomiting.
With a medical history that contains such diseases, it was not much of a shock when it was revealed that he also had dementia. However, the news is still very tragic and tributes from fans and colleagues are pouring in from every nook and cranny of the world.
After the diagnosis, Seaver disclosed that he would be retiring from public life completely after more than 9 years in the baseball industry. He debuted in 1967 and played his last game in the MLB in 1986 for the Boston Red Sox.
He was Rookie of The Year in 1967 and led a stellar career from then on that any now would aspire to.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with a whopping 98.8% of the votes. The California born baseball player is also a retired army man who served in the Marine Core as a reserve with AIRFMFPAC 29 Palms, California. He did 6 months of active duty in the military.