Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

Seaver was 1969 champion Mets pitcher

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Hall of Famer Tom Seaver throws out the first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - Hall-of-famer Tom Seaver, whose pitching helped make the 1969 Mets World Series champions, has been diagnosed with dementia at 74. 

Seaver's family made the announcement via the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reported Friday, saying he has retired from public life. He'll continue to work at Seaver Vineyards, 116 acres of California land he purchased with his wife in 2002. 

Seaver's public appearances have been scarce recently, the AP says. He was most notably absent this January, when his 1969 team was honored at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner. 

Other Hall of Fame members reacted to the news.

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