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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

Bruce in Reds’ record books for being third-youngest to hit 100 homers


Jay Bruce (courtesy of

Cincinnati rightfielder Jay Bruce belted his 32nd homer of the season in the first inning on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the New York Mets. It was the 100th of his short Major League Baseball career.

Bruce at 24 years and 177 days old, is the third youngest in Reds history to reach 100 homers, following Johnny Bench at 23 years, 161 days on May 17, 1971 and Frank Robinson 23 years, 230 days on April 18, 1959.

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

Bench coach McLaren named Nationals interim manager

John McLaren (courtesy of

The Washington Nationals have named John McLaren as their interim manager, filling in a void created by the unexpected resignation Jim Riggleman.

The 59-year-old Nationals’ bench coach the past two years, takes the reins of the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Riggleman quit on Thursday due to the fact club officials refused to discuss a contract extension.

McLaren is the Nationals’ fourth manager following Frank Robinson, Manny Acta and Riggleman, managed the Seattle Mariners for parts of two seasons where he compiled a combined 68-88 record.

He takes over a team that is just 8 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East after winning 11 of its last 12 games.


Info courtesy of Washington Nationals

Reds Votto wins National League MVP award over Pujols

Joey Votto (file photo)

Reds 1B Joey Votto at bat (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was a surprise MVP selection in the National League.

He was an overwhelmingly popular choice ending the two-year reign by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Votto, who helped Cincinnati reach the postseason for the first time in 15 years, received 31 of 32 first-place votes and 443 points in the voting which was announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Votto was on the NL All-Star for the first time in 2010, finished second in the league in batting average at .324 and third in homers (37) and RBI’s (113). He led the National League in slugging percentage (.600) and was the Major League leader in on-base percentage (.424).

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Votto becomes the third Canadian-born MVP, following Larry Walker of Colorado in 1997 and Justin Morneau of Minnesota in 2006.

Votto’s salary of $525,000 is sure to go up as he is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career.

The soft-spoken Canadian joins several Reds players who have won National League MVP honors: Ernie Lombardi (1938), Bucky Walters (1939), Frank McCormick (1940), Frank Robinson (1961), Johnny Bench (1970 & 1972), Pete Rose (1973), Joe Morgan (1975 & 1976), George Foster (1977) and Barry Larkin (1995). The Cincinnati Reds’ 12 Most Valuable Player awards are tied with the Giants for second in the NL behind the Cardinals (17). In the American League, the New York Yankees have 20.

Balloting was done at the end of the regular season.

Pujols, first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, was second with the remaining first-place vote and 279 points. He won the award in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He hit .312 and led the NL in homers (42) and RBI’s (118).

Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who won the NL batting title was third with 240 points, San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalex was fourth with 197 points, Troy Tuluwitzki of Colorado was fifth with 132 points and Roy Halladay, pitcher for Philadelphia was sixth with 130 points.

compiled from MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 31, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Tuesday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2010. There are 122 days left in the year.


* On August 31, 1980, Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk to end a 17-day strike.

* In 1886, an earthquake hit Charleston, South Carolina, killing 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological survey.

* In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill barring the export of U.S. weapons to belligerents.

* In 1969, boxer Rocky Marciano died in a light-plane crash in Iowa a day before his 46th birthday.

* In 1985, Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California’s “Night Stalker” killings, was captured by Los Angeles residents.

* In 2009, Walt Disney Company, said it was going to aquire comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.


Frank Robinson's #20 is retired by the Reds at Great American Ball Park (file photo)

75 Frank Robinson, baseball’s first black manager and baseball Hall of Fame member.

70 Jack Thompson, actor.

65 Itzhak Perlman, violinist.

65 Van Morrison, singer.

61 Richard Gere, actor.

55 Edwin C. Moses, Olympic gold medalist in hurdles; Dayton, Ohio native and he has the street along the Great Miami River and University of Dayton Arena and Welcome Stadium named Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

40 Deborah Gibson, singer/composer.

40 Zach Ward, actor.

38 Chris Tucker, actor from the Rush Hour films with Jackie Chan.

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