Today in Tribe History: February 17, 1944
Bob Toth | On 17, Feb 2016
Dick Bosman is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The right-handed Bosman debuted in June of 1966 with the Washington Senators. He spent six seasons with the club, leading the league in ERA with a 2.19 mark in 1969, before they moved to Texas to become the Rangers prior to the 1972 season. After a season and one month in the Lone Star State, he was dealt by the Rangers in May of 1973 to the Indians with Ted Ford for pitcher Steve Dunning.
His first season in Cleveland was a bit rocky. During that portion of his campaign, he was 1-8 in 22 games, including 17 starts. He earned a 6.22 ERA with the Indians and a 5.64 ERA for the season, the worst mark that he had posted since his rookie year. The next season, he had one of the highlights of his career, throwing a no-hitter against the Oakland A’s on July 19th. He lost a potential perfect game on his own throwing error.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1901 – Catcher Eddie Phillips, who would play 70 games for the Indians in 1935, is born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1934 – Willie Kirkland, a slugging outfielder for Cleveland in the early 1960’s, is born in Siluria, Alabama. He hit 63 homers over three seasons for the Indians.
1951 – Future Indians coach Dave Roberts is born. The Lebanon, Oregon, native was the first overall pick by the San Diego Padres in 1972 and spent ten years in the Majors.
1953 – Jamie Easterly, a reliever for the Tribe from 1983 to 1987, is born in Houston, Texas.