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Pitcher who fought Billy Martin, Dave Boswell dies of heart attack at 67

 

Dave Boswell in 2010 (photo by Wallstreethotrod via wikipedia commons)

Pitcher Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969 despite missing a couple of weeks after a fight with manager Billy Martin, has died at age 67 of a heart attack at his home in Joppa, Maryland.

Following a 1969 game in Detroit,  Boswell got into a fight with teammate Bob Allison and Manager Billy Martin outside the Lindell AC bar close to Tiger Stadium. After knocking out Allison with one punch, Martin knocked out Boswell giving him a cut that required 20 stitches. Despite the off-field injury, Boswell would still go on to win 20 games in 1969, helping the Twins win the American League West Division.

Boswell had a record of 68-56 for Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore from 1964-1971.

The Baltimore, Maryland native pitched in 205 games, 151 of them as a starting pitcher. He pitched 37 complete games, including six shutouts, and finished with a 3.52 ERA.

During the American League Championship Series,  Boswell would lose 1-0 in 11 innings to the Baltimore Orioles and  pitcher Dave McNally. He later revealed that he had suffered a career-ending arm injury during the game on a slider thrown to strike out slugger Frank Robinson in the bottom of the 10th inning.

 

Info compiled from Baltimore Orioles, MLB, Radio & TV news

Baseball veterans committee has Hall of Fame ballot out

The National Baseball Hall of Fame veterans committee has released their 12-candidate ballot.

The candidates will be voted on by a 16-member panel during baseball’s winter meetings next month. The results will be released on December 6.

National Baseball Hall of Fame (file photo)

The list includes: Former union head Marvin Miller, players Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, and Rusty Staub. Former general manager Pat Gillick, who worked for Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia, will be on the ballot.

Also on the ballot will be the George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin, who are connected by hirings and firings with the Yankees.

compiled from staff & National Baseball Hall of Fame News

Reds reward Dusty Baker with two-year contract extension through 2012

Reds manager Dusty Baker (file photo)

Reds celebrate NL Central title last Tuesday (megasportsnews.com)

When the Reds hired Dusty Baker three years ago, they gave him a three-year contract to get the team out of the lower division to the upper division of the NL Central.

It took him exactly three-years to transform the team who depended on the power of inconsistent power hitters Ken Griffey, Jr. and Adam Dunn, into a team who’s offense thrived on going from first to third on base hits, which they led the league in during the 2010 season.

Dusty got the job done in three years and he was rewarded Monday with a new deal, for leading the Reds into their first playoff appearance in 15 years.

Bakers’s coaching staff was also offered two-year contract extension.

The Reds will be heading to Philadelphia to play the defending NL champions on Wednesday to start the playoffs.

Cincinnati was the biggest surprise of all the division champions, winning the tough Central Division despite having a young and inexperienced lineup and pitching staff. With the Reds and Cardinals in a tight race from mid-May to mid-August, Baker kept the team from getting into prolonged losing streaks. The Reds finally stretched the division to nine games in August and that was the end of the race.

Cincinnati hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1995, when Davey Johnson took the Reds to the championship series. Since then, the Reds have gone through two owners, three general managers and five managers until they settled on Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker to run the show.

The Reds unexpected championship has put Baker in quality company.

Baker led the Giants and Cubs to the playoffs before the leading the Reds. He joins Bill McKechnie as the only managers to take three National League teams to the playoffs. Nine have taken three different teams to the playoffs overall, McKechnie, Davey Johnson, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Joe Torre and Dick Williams.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news