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This Day in Minor League History

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Monday, April 25, 1966
A 21-year-old right-hander named Tom Seaver makes his professional baseball debut for the top farm club of the New York Mets, the Jacksonville Suns. Seaver earns the victory as Jacksonville knocks off manager Earl Weaver's Rochester Red Wings 4-2. The future Hall of Famer strikes out nine, allowing just six hits. Seaver would go on to start a League-leading 32 games for the Suns in 1966, finishing the year with a 12-12 record and a 3.13 ERA. The following April Seaver started his first game with the Mets, not quite one full year after his Minor League debut. He went on to win 311 games in a 20-year big league career.