Jun. 30, 1986
Undated (AP) _ Tom Seaver is finally coming home, at least close to it.
The 41-year-old right-hander, whose wish was to be traded to a team near his Greenwhich, Conn. home, was obtained by the Boston Red Sox Sunday in a deal with Chicago for outfielder Steve Lyons.
The trade ended a nine-month ordeal in which the Red Sox and the New York Yankees were attempting to acquire the future Hall of Famer and winner of 306 games.
''I feel badly if any of my personal troubles this year brought any clouds over the clubhouse,'' Seaver said before reporting to Boston. ''I sensed that many of the guys were in my corner and understood that after 20 years in the business it was important for me to get home to my family. I will miss these guys a lot. There have been many good memories.''
The three-time Cy Young Award winner had been a member of the White Sox since January 23, 1984 when he was selected from the New York Mets in the free-agent compensation draft. The White Sox chose him from the Mets unprotected list after pitcher Dennis Lamp was signed as a free-agent by Toronto.
Despite posting records of 15-11 and 16-11 the past two seasons, Seaver was unhappy being away from his family and asked on numerous occasions to be traded to a team closer to home. He had threatened to retire after this season if the White Sox did not trade him.
Despite a 2-6 record and a 4.38 earned run average, Seaver will give the Red Sox an experienced veteran starter in their quest for the American League East division title.
Boston Manager John McNamara said that Seaver will make his first start for the Red Sox on Tuesday against Toronto at Fenway Park.
''Tom Seaver is a Hall of Famer,'' McNamara said. ''He's a genuine person, a true professional. I've saved his number (No. 41) for him since last December.''
--- Touching all Bases
Saturday night's pitching matchup between Cleveland's Phil Niekro and California's Don Sutton was the first time in the 20th century that two pitchers with 300 wins each have met. Niether figured in the decision as the Angels beat the Indians, 9-3.
Niekro, who won his first game for the Milwaukee Braves in 1965, has 304 wins. The first of Sutton's 301 victories came as a member of the Dodgers 20 years ago.
The last time 300-game winners met was 1892, when 344-game winner Tim Keefe of the Philadelphia Phillies and 361-game winner Pud Galvin of the St. Louis Cardinals opposed each other.
Bret Saberhagen's start continues the pattern of poor seasons by American League Cy Young Award winners the year after winning the award. Saberhagen, whose 20-6 record for Kansas City was good enough to beat out Ron Guidry of the Yankees, was battered for eight runs in just one inning Sunday against Minnesota, dropping his record to 4-9. He has two wins in his last nine decisions.
''I feel like I'm throwing as well as last year, but the stats don't show it,'' Saberhagen said. ''I've had every kind of game imaginable. I don't know what to expect each time out.''
Starting with Steve Stone in 1980, every Cy Young winner failed to post a winning record the following season. The most notable declines are Stone's 4-7 1981 record after winning 25 games the previous year, Milwaukee's Pete Vuckovich falling to 0-2 from 18-6 in 1982, and the White Sox' LaMarr Hoyt going 13-18 after winning 24 games in 1983.
Another long-awaited trade was completed Sunday when the Yankees traded outfielder Ken Griffey to Atlanta for outfielder Claudell Washington and minor league shortstop Paul Zuvella. Griffey, despite a .303 average and nine homers, was unhappy over his playing status. Washington, who spent most of the 1980 season with the Mets, becomes the 34th player to play for both New York teams.
Philadelphia's Juan Samuel picked the most opportune moment to hit his first career grand slam. It came with two outs in the ninth inning with the Phillies trailing 7-4, giving the Phillies a come-from-behind 8-7 victory Sunday.
The Yankees' loss to the Toronto Sunday was their 10th straight at Yankee Stadium, the most ever. The Bronx Bombers had not lost 10 straight at home since the 1913 season, when they played their home games across the Harlem River at the old Polo Grounds.
New York Mets pitcher Roger McDowell, who won Saturday to raise his record to 7-0, is the first Met pitcher ever to start the season 7-0. Previous Mets pitchers to go 6-0 were Dick Selma in 1968, Seaver in 1970, Jon Matlack in 1972, and Ron Darling earlier this year.
San Francisco's Mike LaCoss may have lost to Cincinnati Sunday to drop his record to 7-3 but he continued to swing a hot bat, hitting his second home run of the year and raising his batting average to .333. In his previous start against San Diego, an 18-1 victory on June 23, LaCoss went 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI.