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Entry from September 02, 2020
“There are only two places in this league: first place and no place”

New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (1944-2020) was committed to winning. The New York (NY) Times quoted him on April 6, 1971:

“There are only two places in this league: first place and no place.”


Wikipedia: Tom Seaver
George Thomas Seaver (November 17, 1944 – August 31, 2020), nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “the Franchise”, was an American professional baseball player, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a right-handed pitcher for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox, from 1967 to 1986. He played a significant role in the Mets’ victory in the 1969 World Series.

6 April 1971, New York (NY) Times, “Seaver Faces Expos” by Joseph Durso, pg. 31, col. 4:
He (Tom Seaver—ed.) was resolute, perhaps a touch solemn, about the new season saying:

“There are only two places in this league: first place and no place.”

Newspapers.com
6 April 1971, The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), “Quotes,” pg. 19, col. 5:
There are only two places in this league: First place and no place.
-- Tom Seaver, as Mets prepared for opener today.

Google Books
Who Said What (and When, and Where, and How) in 1971
By Barbara Bennett and Linda Amster
New York, NY: Quadrangle Books
1972
Pg. 14:
There are only two places in this league : first place and no place. TOM SEAVER, pitcher for the New York Mets, on what life is like in the National League. Ap 6, 31:4.

Google Books
Sportswit
Compiled by Lee Green
New York, NY: Harper & Row
1984
Pg. 257:
TOM SEAVER
New York Mets pitcher:
“There are only two places in this league: first place and no place.”

Twitter
DuaneBonifer
@DuaneBonifer
He was terrific in every way. Was my favorite #Reds pitcher to watch in person when I was a kid. And he is responsible for one of my favorite quotes: “There are only two places in this league — first place and no place.”
@NYTimes
Tom Seaver, Pitcher Who Led ‘Miracle Mets’ to Glory, Dies at 75
A Hall of Famer, Seaver won 311 games for four different teams. But Mets fans called him Tom Terrific for turning around the club’s fortunes.
nytimes.com
8:56 PM · Sep 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Wednesday, September 02, 2020 • Permalink