Dick Bosman

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Richard Allen Bosman

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Biographical Information[edit]


"Those were the days when you lost, it was the end of the world. That's the way I was from the first day I ever put on a baseball glove. Back then it was all right to break a helmet or fire a bat or go nuts, because that's why you were out there, to win that ball game. I'll be a son of a bitch if you lost. Maybe I was wrong, but that's the way I felt. And I still feel that way." - Dick Bosman, to Peter Golenbock, in the book The Forever Boys

Dick Bosman started the final game the "new" Washington Senators, on September 30, 1971, played before the team relocated to become the Texas Rangers. A highly competitive control pitcher who told teammates: "If you don't hustle when I'm pitching, I'll kick your ass," Bosman was 14-9 with an American League-best 2.19 ERA for the Senators in 1969. He won a career-high 16 in 1970, and, on July 19, 1974, no-hit the Oakland Athletics while with the Cleveland Indians, losing a perfect game on his own throwing error. Bosman won 11 to help Oakland to a division title in 1975, but the A's cut him in 1977. He made his only postseason appearance with the A's against the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 ALCS; he pitched a third of an inning in relief. In 1989, Bosman played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He went 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA for the club.

Bosman was the pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox (1986-1987), Baltimore Orioles (1992-1994) and Texas Rangers (1995-2000). He was a pitching instructor in the Orioles chain from 1988 to 1991, and he was a coach in the Tampa Bay system from 2002 to 2011.

Bosman is the second cousin of Duane and Glen Kuiper.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL ERA Leader (1969)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1970)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1970 & 1971)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Thomas Boswell: "All of Us Bear the Marks of the Lash", in How Life Imitates the World Series, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1982, pp. 111-112.
  • Ted Leavengood and Dick Bosman: Dick Bosman on Pitching: Lessons from the Life of a Major League Ballplayer and Pitching Coach, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2018. ISBN 978-1-5381-0661-7
  • Dale Voiss: "Dick Bosman", in Steve West and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Team That Couldn't Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2019, pp. 24-27. ISBN 978-1-943816-93-4

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