Saturday, February 28, 2015

Senators Saturday - Dick Bosman, 1969.

Future Rangers pitching coach Dick Bosman appears today on card 607 of the 1969 Topps set. This card is a little beat up but it's a high number and so difficult to find at an affordable price.

Bosman relied mostly on his control and had a passable year in 1968. He was highly competitive though and looking to improve in 1969. He spent most of the season with Washington but did pitch two innings in one game for the Triple A Buffalo Bisons. Not sure what that was all about.

Dick appeared in 31 games for the Senators in 1969 and started 26 of them. He pitched a total of 193 innings throughout the season - second most for the club. Bosman walked 39 opposing batters but struck out 99. That brought his strikeout to walk ratio to 2.54 - best on the team and fourth best in the league. Dick's 2.19 ERA lead the team and the league. His 1.010 WHIP was best on the team and third lowest in the American League.

Dick Bosman had an outstanding year in 1969. He won the AL pitching title, got some MVP consideration, and posted a club best 14-5 record. Apparently the lowering of the mound between 1968 and 1969 didn't effect his control. The Senators had some pitching problems but Dick Bosman wasn't one of them. They expected great things from their young hurler in future seasons.

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