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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

Former Baltimore Orioles lefty Mike Cuellar dies at age 72

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

Mike Cuellar, the cunning lefty from Cuba whose sharp screwball made him a Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion with Earl Weaver’s Baltimore Orioles, died at the age of 72 on Friday.

Cuellar made his major league debut in 1959 and bounced from team-to-team (Cincinnati, St. Louis and Houston) for almost  10 years before a key trade took him to Baltimore.

Playing for the powerful Orioles, Cuellar’s potential balloned on one of the most dominant and imposing pitching staff in baseball history, in 1971, he was among four 20-game winners.

Mike Cuellar (Houston photo)

Mike joined Baltimore for the 1969 season and that season became the first Orioles pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award, sharing the honor with Detroit Tigers righthander Denny McLain.  During that season, he went 23-11 with 5 shutouts, including a game in which he held Minnesota hitless until Ceasr Tovar’s bloop, leadoff single in the ninth inning.

The Cuban lefty helped pitch the Orioles to three straight World Series from 1969-1971. He finished off that time by teamming with Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson to become the only staff other than the 1920 Chicago White Sox with four 20-game winners.

Cuellar proved he was a big-time pitcher, winning big games eventhough he was overshadowed by Jim Palmer and Dave McNally.

Mike started the first American League championship series game ever, in 1969 against the Minnesota Twins. He then outpitched Tom Seaver of the New York Mets in Game 1 of the 1969 World Series; the only win for Baltimore as they were  upset by the New York Mets.

Cuellar won a career-high 24 games in 1970 and again pitched well in the postseason, using his arm and his bat. A career .115 hitter, the Cuban Lefty hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

He then closed out the 1970 World Series by beating the powerful Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 at old Memorial Stadium. After falling behind three runs in the first inning, he shut out the Reds on two hits the rest of the game.

Mike threw a gem in his final World Series game, but lost Game 7 in 1971 to the Pittsbugh Pirates, 2-1.

Cuellar finished up with a record of 143-88 with Baltimore and ended his career in 1977 with the California Angels.

A four-time All-Star, Cuellar was 185-130 overall in his career, with a 3.14 ERA. He was voted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.