Washington – Dick Bosman made his Premier League debut for the Washington Senators in 1966 and started his last home game for the team at RFK Stadium.
But the Wisconsin native, who turns 78 today, has made a more impressive post-game career.
Bosman, after his playing days ended in 1976, began working as a coach in the McLean Little League in Northern Virginia, as he told this reporter in an interview in the 1990s.
The right-hander coached Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 1986 and then coached Triple-A Rochester in the Baltimore system in 1989-91.
This led to his work as an orioles coach in 1992-94. Texas Rangers from 1995-2000.
He worked in Baltimore and Texas under manager Johnny Oates, who grew up with Prince George, Virginia, and was a college star in Virginia Tech.
After that time in Texas, Bosman spent several years as a coach in low-league serving in the Tampa Bay system.
Among the young pitchers he worked with were James Shields, Wade Davis, Alex Cobb, Jake McGee and Jeremy Helixon, a newcomer of the year from Tampa Bay who competed for the 2018 and 2019 National Championships.
Bosman was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on February 17, 1944, and he entered Bradford High School in that city.
He signed with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1963 and was also part of the Giants system before he made his Premier League debut for the Senators on June 1, 1966, when he held 7.1 innings against Boston Red Sox and gave up nine punches and three earned runs.
Bosman was 2-6 with an ERA of 7.62 in 13 games with seven starts as a rookie.
By 1969, he was 14-5 with an ERA of 2.19 – the best score in the league – with Senators under manager Ted Williams.
The following season he won 16 games with Washington, and in 1971 with the Senators was 12-16.
Bosman was the starting pitcher on September 30, 1971, when the senators took over New York Yankees at the RFK stadium.
He dropped three Hammers in that game; The Senators led 7-5 with two outs in the ninth when the fans rushed to the field, and Washington was eventually forced to lose. Paul Lindblad accepted the loss for the senators.
Bosman moved to Texas the following season, and that year he was starting with a score of 8-10.
The Wisconsin native later played for Cleveland before ending his Premier League career with Auckland in 1976.
In 1974, while serving for Cleveland, he threw away the winning goal of A World Series later that year. His throwing error resulted in the only runner in the game.
The last batter he faced was Texas’ Jeff Burroughs, his former teammate. On September 19 in Tournament A, he beat Rangers 13-3 in 1976.
He was 82-85 with an ERA of 3.67 in 307 games with 229 starts in major competitions.
“Those were the days when you lost, it was the end of the world. That’s how I was from day one when I put on my baseball glove. Then it was okay to break a helmet, shoot a bat or go crazy because that’s why you were there to win this ball game. I’ll be a son of a bitch if you lose. I may have been wrong, but I felt that way. And I still feel that way, ”Bosman told Peter Golenbock in The Forever Boys.
Bosman also published a book on pitching with Ted Livengood.