Sunday, September 23, 2012

1977 lyman bostock

a slight left-to-right photo variation, plus the ever present facsimile autograph adjustment, add up to a double variation for lyman bostock on his 1977 o-pee-chee card.  but first, let's take a moment to remember bostock who was 27 years old when he was murdered on this date in 1978.

here is bostock's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
bostock spent the 1977 season patrolling centerfield for the twins, hitting .336 along the way.  that was good enough to finish second on the american league batting average leader board to teammate rod carew (he hit .388), and he scored 104 runs, hit 12 triples and 14 home runs with 90 rbi as well.  bostock hit the only walk-off home run of his career in 1977 - a 12th inning blast to beat the a's in july.  in may, he tied the major league record (and set the american league record) of 12 putouts in a single game by a centerfielder (since tied by jacoby ellsbury).  1977 was his last year in minnesota as he signed a free agent deal with the angels in november of that year.  here's a link to a lyman bostock tribute page.

voici à vous, 1977 lyman bostock!

1 comment:

  1. I was at the walk off homer game. First row, second deck, directly behind home plate. Very possibly my favorite live in attendance baseball moment of all time, from then on he was my favorite Twin. It was second game of a marathon double header that started in morning and went until near sundown.