Monday, November 17, 2014

Player Profile: Lyman Bostock

I have one card of Lyman Bostock, from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Lyman Bostock came up with the Twins in 1975 and quickly became a star. In 1976 he hit .323 in his first full season, and the next year he broke out, hitting .336 with 14 HR, 90 RBI and 16 SB. A free agent after the season, he signed with California for the 1978 season, and after a slow start was hitting well in the second half of the season.

Death: On September 23, 1978, following a game in Chicago, Bostock traveled to nearby Gary, IN to visit some friends. One of the friends was married to a man who thought she was regularly being unfaithful to him. That man, Leonard Smith, followed Bostock and his party as they drove away from Smith’s wife’s cousin’s house, and fatally shot Bostock a few blocks away.

My memories: Before my time, though I remember hearing about his tragic incident many times.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Lyma, between Lymari Nadal, an actress, and Lyman Orchards Golf Course, a course in Connecticut. There do not appear to be any other prominent Lyman Bostocks.

Coming up next: The next profile will be D.J. Boston.

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