In “Tom Seaver and Me,” accomplished sports writer, Pat Jordan gives a rare, intimate glimpse into his 40-year friendship with Mets star pitcher Tom Seaver.
The memoir documents an evolving bond between two strong-willed, talented men: Seaver a 12-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who ended his MLB legacy placing third on the all-time strikeout list; Jordan a former minor league pitcher who forged a successful writing career as the author of eleven books and a highly recognized contributor to numerous prestigious publications.
Jordan was assigned to write a profile on Seaver for Sports Illustrated in 1972 during the fifth season of the Fresno native’s historic 10-year stint with the New York Mets.
The story goes that within an hour of their meeting, Jordan and Seaver were beating each other up while playing basketball, initiating what would come to be a relationship between the two that spanned four decades.
Though seemingly mirror opposites, the methodically precise Seaver and compulsively introspective Jordan together travel a journey of self-discovery through their intermittent encounters over the years. This connection is unique for both men, as Jordan says his closest friends are women and Seaver is a notoriously private person who did not easily open up to others.
“I have always wanted to write a book about Tom Seaver and our friendship, but not a biography of him,” recalls Jordan. “He was more interesting as a person than a sports icon. In fact, he was one of the most interesting people I ever met.”
“Tom Seaver and Me” is full of amusing conversations, arguments, laughs and insults exchanged through the years, as the friends analyze each other as pitchers, and men, well into their seventies. More than Seaver’s captivating personality and sense of humor, Jordan hopes readers will gain a sense of the drive that made him a baseball icon.
“The big takeaway is how diligently he worked at his craft to make himself Tom Seaver, the greatest pitcher of his age,” Jordan reveals. “All that grinding hard work, thought, and discipline.”
“Yet, he was always just a big, overgrown boy to me,” he adds. “Tom Sawyer.”
Set for release on May 26, “Tom Seaver and Me” is available where all books are sold.