Tuesday, July 6, 2010

10 MLB Stars Whose Careers Ended Far Too Soon- Part 6

Part 6 of 11

The Late Lyman Bostock

Lyman Bostock

Lyman Bostock was a budding young star who was senselessly murdered in the last week of the 1978 season. The talented outfielder was gunned down while visiting a relative on a road trip to Chicago. 

Bostock began his career with the Minnesota Twins in 1975, batting .282 in approximately two-thirds of a season. He followed that up by hitting .323 and .336 the next two seasons before signing a lucrative free agent contract with the California Angels.

When Bostock slumped badly in his first month, he attempted to give salary back to the Angels organization. They refused the gesture, so he donated his salary to charity. Of course, he turned things around to end the season in the top 10 batting leaders. 

Besides accumulating a .311 lifetime average, Bostock displayed fine skills as an outfielder and was stand-up teammate. Then at just 27-years of age, appearing to have his best playing days ahead of him, Bostock sadly and suddenly lost his life to an unknown gunman. 

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