Hail Seaver

Whoa, this is phenomenal. Check out the 8mm footage of Tom Seaver’s return to Shea Stadium in 1977 – as a Cincinnati Red.

From the YouTube description:

This is a Super 8mm movie shot and edited by me of Tom Seaver’s return to Shea Stadium after the trade which sent him to the Cincinnati Reds in June, 1977. It has been seen by very few people since then.

The film includes general scenes of Shea Stadium before and during the game, and shots of Mets players Jerry Koosman (36) , Ed Kranepool (7), John Stearns (12), Steve Henderson – who was acquired in the Seaver trade (5), and Manager Joe Torre (9). Reds in the film include Manager Sparky Anderson (10), Johnny Bench (5), Dan Driessen (22), and Pete Rose (14). Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson can be seen doing the pre-game show from the WOR-TV booth. Karl Ehrhardt, the popular “Sign Man” who was a fixture at Mets games in the ’60s and ’70s is in his regular spot on the third base line.

Seaver pitched a complete game, defeating Koosman and the Mets 5-1. The boxscore and game summary can be seen at: Baseball-Reference.

My mother and father also appear in film. She was so upset by the trade that she refused to wear a Mets cap, and insisted that my father buy her a souvenir Reds batting helmet before the game. It’s nice to see them both looking so young and healthy!

Sorry for the poor video quality. The film itself is clear, sharp and vibrant. I am going to look into having it professionally transferred to video sometime soon. As these pictures were shot on Super 8mm film, there is no sound.

The fact that the poster’s mother insisted that she wear a Cincinnati Reds souvenir helmet is epic. Go Mom!

Tip of the NL cap to The Mets Police


  1. That’s some pretty neat old footage.

  2. Wiffleguy09No Gravatar

    There may be NOTHING BETTER than 8mm baseball footage. LOVE that look. Great post guys. Thanks.

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