Found January 23, 2012 on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
I had an opportunity to chat with Steven Travers last night, author of a new book called “The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times,” on my radio program. Never before has someone delved into the career of the man known as “The Franchise.” You all know about his accomplishments on the field, but Travers and I discussed Seaver the man, where he stands amongst the all-time greats, and the unlikely events that led him to New York. One thing that stood out was how close he was to becoming a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout his career. “He was born to be a Dodger,” Travers said. “Born and raised in California, went to USC, had season tickets to Dodger games because his uncle has season tickets in Los Angeles, and he would use them every fourth and fifth day to see Koufax and Drysdale.” As luck would have it, Seaver was drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 1965 draft. Seaver wanted $50,000 to sign; the Dodgers offered $2,000 along with advice from a scout by the name ...
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