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Monday, August 23, 2004

Random baseball player for 08/23/2004:

Lyman Bostock

from BaseballLibrary.com

"Bostock, the son of Negro League player Lyman Bostock, Sr., appeared headed for stardom before he was fatally wounded in 1978. In 1976, he hit .323 and received the Calvin R. Griffith Award for the most improved Twin. In 1977, he finished second to teammate Rod Carew in the AL batting race (.336 to Carew's .388). The well-liked Alabaman was shot in Gary, Indiana, in the back seat of a car driven by his uncle. Police later arrested the estranged husband of one of two women in the car."

from FenwayNation.com

"The Lyman Bostock Award is bestowed from time to time on a player who demonstrates the character traits of the late Lyman Bostock. Bostock, one of the first breed of high-priced free agents, offered to give back his first month's salary after hitting only .150. Angels owner Gene Autry refused, and Bostock donated his salary for the month to charity. Bostock battled to get his average near .300 (.296), when he was tragically murdered in Gary, Indiana on September 23, 1978."

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