Seaver Sculptor Strikes Out

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver tosses the first pitch at CitiField in 2009.Sgt. Randall A. Clinton, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0

By Dan Schlossberg

That long-awaited Tom Seaver statue in front of CitiField needs help from the bullpen.

The sculpted numeral “4” on its back was carved with an incorrect font — even though the Mets have not changed their number design in more than 50 years.

The “4” in the statue’s “41” is missing the distinctive stub that should have extended off to the right side.

“I missed it,” said sculptor William Behrends, who created the 3,200-pound statue.

Unveiled on April 15, in direct conflict with Jackie Robinson Day, the statue of the three-time Cy Young Award winner has been well-received by Mets fans.

Until now, at least.

There are no plans to redo it, although a replica given to fans in a recent promotion was rendered correctly.

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch shared a side-by-side comparison of the statue versus the real thing with Larry Brown Sports.

Seaver, who won three Cy Young Awards during his tenure with the team, was known as The Franchise. He won 25 games in 1969, leading the “Miracle Mets” to their first world championship after seven years at or near the bottom of the standings.

He passed away last year.

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Congratulations to Dusty Baker on his 2,000th win, placing him 11th on the all-time managerial list. At age 73, he’s still going strong as manager of the Houston Astros, though his only World Series ring came during his days as a Dodgers outfielder. Baker has managed more games without winning a world championship than any previous pilot.

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The Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa is about to get a major boost: a permanent $50 million ballpark that seats 3,000 but could be expanded to 8,000 for big events (like the annual Field of Dreams game).

The plan will add 100 acres to the original 190-acre farm on the site and will include nine baseball diamonds, a hotel, and a player dorm — all without touching the existing movie site. The Yankees and White Sox played a game there last year, while the Cubs and Reds are slated to play a game there this August.

An $80 million expansion has already been planned for the site.

HTP weekend editor Dan Schlossberg has been covering baseball since 1969. His e.mail is

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