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TheVulture
06-22-2009, 12:32 AM
While perusing baseball-reference, I noticed the incredible season Rod Carew had in 1977, so I checked out the Twins team page for that year. Another player had an incredible season for the 4th place Twins that year as well, a player of whom I had never heard. He batted .336 with a ton of extra base hits and I thought how have I not heard of this guy, Lyman Bostock, Jr.

So I click on the player profile, and the sponsor of the page wrote, "best player you never heard of." He only played four years, and finished 4th in the AL in BA his second year in '76, and 2nd in '77. He batted .296 his last year, with the Angels.

So I google him, and it turns out this guy, supposedly also a gold glove caliber CFer, after only 3 years with the Twins, became one of the first free agents, and signed a for the time huge contract of 2.25 million with the Angels. He had a solid year for them, but was shot and killed near the end of the season, in Gary, In. He was stopped at a light when he was shot by the husband of a woman who was in his car. The guy who shot him spent less than a year in a psych hospital and was released.

TheVulture
06-22-2009, 01:18 AM
Bostock played his final game at Comiskey Park on the day he was killed, going 2 for 4 batting 3rd in a loss to the Sox.

http://http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=197809230CHA

More on Bostock:

http://http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=l&bid=1199&pid=1343

TDog
06-22-2009, 01:55 AM
Where do you get the idea that people have never hear of him?

RadioheadRocks
06-22-2009, 04:05 AM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=105941

LITTLE NELL
06-22-2009, 05:19 AM
A tragic ending to a promising career. I remember watching him play and his tragic death.

doublem23
06-22-2009, 05:38 AM
Lyman Bostock might not be a universal household name like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, or Alex Rodriguez, but I think most baseball fans know who he was. The 30-year anniversary of his death was last year, here's a story ESPN's Outside the Lines did: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=bostock

DumpJerry
06-22-2009, 06:39 AM
I'm guessing TheVulture was born in the 1980's. Rod Carew was on the cover of Newsweek or Time (I forget which one) at one point in his career.

Both Careew and Bostock were well known (and respected) players in their time. I always wished Carew was with us and not against us.

Chez
06-22-2009, 07:54 AM
Rod Carew was Harry's favorite baseball name. He would go on and on about how he could envision a gunslinger from the old west bellying up to the bar, slapping down a silver dollar, ordering a cold Falstaff(!) and saying, "My name is Rod Carrreeewww . . ."

asindc
06-22-2009, 09:28 AM
Anyone who was a baseball fan in the late 70s has heard of Bostock. It was a shocking death at the time, as he was on the verge of becoming a household name because of his play.

spawn
06-22-2009, 09:35 AM
Add me to the chorus that knnew who Bostock was and also someone that remembers his tragic death. As a matter of fact, this (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=105941&highlight=lyman+bostock) thread was posted last year about him from an article on ESPN's website. I can't belive you would think we haven't heard of him. There are some very knowledgeable baseball fans on this board.

Woofer
06-22-2009, 10:25 AM
Rod Carew was Harry's favorite baseball name. He would go on and on about how he could envision a gunslinger from the old west bellying up to the bar, slapping down a silver dollar, ordering a cold Falstaff(!) and saying, "My name is Rod Carrreeewww . . ."

I always thought that was Jimmy saying that.:scratch:

KenBerryGrab
06-22-2009, 11:02 AM
Bostock was a budding star. I remember his death being such a shock, especially since he had just played against the Sox.

Bucky F. Dent
06-22-2009, 11:05 AM
I remember Lyman Bostock. Then again, I am an old fart.

Rockabilly
06-22-2009, 11:05 AM
http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/davismi/lymanbostock.html

pilotsox
06-22-2009, 11:28 AM
I don't think it has anything to do with baseball knowledge. It has to do with age. I will admit that, until now, I'd never heard of him. And I'm pretty sure the only reason for that is because I didn't show up to the party until 1987.

Dick Allen
06-22-2009, 12:24 PM
I remember going to his last game and the game the next day. Eerie feeling. He made the last out of his last game, against Larrin LaGrow. The next day, Ken Landreaux replaced him in the lineup.

Hitmen77
06-22-2009, 12:52 PM
I always thought that was Jimmy saying that.:scratch:

No, I'm sure it was Harry.

soxfan26
06-22-2009, 01:19 PM
I recently learned about Lyman Bostock when he was featured on one of the MLB Network's Prime 9 shows.

Having been born in the late 70's, I had never heard of him. It is truly a tragic story.

TDog
06-22-2009, 01:47 PM
No, I'm sure it was Harry.

It was. And it predated Jimmy Piersall's brief and stormy announcing career by years. It probaby predates Harry Caray coming to the White Sox.

Chez
06-22-2009, 02:42 PM
It was. And it predated Jimmy Piersall's brief and stormy announcing career by years. It probaby predates Harry Caray coming to the White Sox.

Harry did his Rod Carew/Old West routine many, many times when he was the Sox announcer.

Lip Man 1
06-22-2009, 03:14 PM
It was Harry.

Lip

TDog
06-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Harry did his Rod Carew/Old West routine many, many times when he was the Sox announcer.

He probably did it when he was announcing A's games the year before he came to the White Sox.

Frater Perdurabo
06-22-2009, 09:51 PM
I was born in 1976 and had never heard of him. What a shame that anyone would be murdered in cold blood like that. It seems like the Angels have had much more than their fair share of tragedy.

PeteWard
06-23-2009, 09:25 AM
The Twins had another star who you dont hear about much who went free agent the same year as Bostock:
Larry Hisle who signed with the Brewers for what was megabucks then. He had a rotator cuff injury after a year and only a few months with the Brewers. I remember him as being a really nice guy. Led the AL in RBIs in 77.

nug0hs
06-24-2009, 08:19 PM
I don't think it has anything to do with baseball knowledge. It has to do with age. I will admit that, until now, I'd never heard of him. And I'm pretty sure the only reason for that is because I didn't show up to the party until 1987.


2nd'ed. I consider myself a very knowledgeable baseball fan but was born in 1985 and therefore have never heard of this guy.

TDog
06-24-2009, 10:35 PM
2nd'ed. I consider myself a very knowledgeable baseball fan but was born in 1985 and therefore have never heard of this guy.

When I was a kid going to Old Comiskey in the 1970s, people sitting around me used to tell me about players who played before I was born. I guess that isn't as common as I thought it was.

WhiteSoxJunkie
06-25-2009, 09:08 PM
I had never heard of this guy until earlier this year after Nick Adenhart died, they mentioned his story on ESPN. As someone else mentioned, the Angels (ironically considering their nickname) have had a tragic history of players dying...Bostock, Adenhart, Donnie Moore, etc.

balke
06-26-2009, 06:24 AM
Bostock was pretty good, but I got a name for you... JEREMY REED

Shoeless
06-26-2009, 10:36 PM
I really wasn't following the Rangers in 2008, so I would go with Josh Hamilton? That guy was amazing the first half when i didn't know who he was.