Dick Bosman

Richard Allen Bosman (born February 17, 1944) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Senators (1966–71), Texas Rangers (1972–73), Cleveland Indians (1973–75), and Oakland Athletics (1975–76).[1] Bosman started the final game for the expansion Senators and the first game for the Texas Rangers. He is the only pitcher in Major League history to miss a perfect game due to his own fielding error.[2]

Dick Bosman
Born: February 17, 1944 (age 75)
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 1, 1966, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1976, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record82–85
Earned run average3.67
Career highlights and awards

Baseball career

Bosman was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1963. Following that season, he was drafted from the Pirates by the San Francisco Giants, and then a year later was drafted again by the Senators.[3] After another season in the minors, he made his major league debut on June 1, 1966.

Bosman pitched for the Senators, and later the Rangers, for eight seasons. In 1969 he compiled a 14-5 mark and led the league in earned run average (2.19). He reached a career-high 16 victories in 1970, one of which was a one-hit, 1-0 shutout against Minnesota on August 14. César Tovar gave him the Twins only hit, a single.[4]

Early in the 1973 season, Bosman was traded by the Rangers, along with outfielder Ted Ford, to the Indians for pitcher Steve Dunning. On July 19, 1974, Bosman no-hit the defending World Series Champion Oakland Athletics, a team that would go on to win the 1974 World Series to three-peat after winning the World Series in 1972 and 1973. He missed a rare perfect game due only to his own throwing error in the fourth inning, which gave the A's their lone baserunner in a 4-0 Indians victory.[5]

The following season, Bosman would be traded to the very team he no-hit, as he was traded by the Indians along with Jim Perry to the A's in exchange for Blue Moon Odom. During the 1975 season, Bosman won 11 games to help Oakland to a division title. He remained with Oakland in 1976, but was released by the A's in spring training of 1977, bringing his baseball career to an end.

Bosman compiled 82 wins, 757 strikeouts, and a 3.67 earned run average.[1][6] After retiring, he has served as a pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox (1986–87), Rochester Red Wings (1988–91), Baltimore Orioles (1992–94), Texas Rangers (1995–2000), and he has been a coach in the Tampa Bay Rays' system since 2001. Known for teaching pitchers how to control the running game, he had a hand in developing James Shields, Wade Davis, Jake McGee, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb. Bosman retired after the conclusion of the 2018 season.[7]

His sister, Virginia, is married to a cousin of former MLB player Duane Kuiper.


  1. ^ a b Dick Bosman at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Schneider (2005), p. 142; Robbins (2004), p. 240; Boxscore—Game Played on Friday, July 19, 1974 (N) at Cleveland Stadium. Retrosheet. Retrieved on May 30, 2010.
  3. ^ 1963 Major League Baseball Transactions at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ August 13, 1970 Twins-Senators box score at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ July 19, 1974 Athletics-Indians box score at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Dick Bosman at Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Topkin, Marc. "Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier breaks foot in wild 8–7 win over Yankees," Tampa Bay Times, Thursday, September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018

External links


  • Robbins, Mike (2004). Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality (New York: Carroll & Graf). ISBN 0-7867-1335-6
  • Schneider, Russell (2005). The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia, 3d ed. (Champaign, Ill.: Sports Publishing LLC). ISBN 1-58261-840-2
Preceded by
Steve Busby
No-hitter pitcher
July 19, 1974
Succeeded by
Nolan Ryan
Preceded by
Dave Duncan
Chicago White Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
Don Rowe
Preceded by
Al Jackson
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
Succeeded by
Mike Flanagan
Preceded by
Claude Osteen
Texas Rangers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Bobby Cuellar
1966 Washington Senators season

The 1966 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 71 wins and 88 losses.

1967 Washington Senators season

The 1967 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 76 wins and 85 losses.

1968 Washington Senators season

The 1968 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 65 wins and 96 losses.

1969 Washington Senators season

The 1969 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 4th in the newly established American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses.

1970 Washington Senators season

The 1970 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing sixth in the American League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses. This was the franchise's penultimate season in Washington, D.C..

1971 Washington Senators season

The 1971 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 63 wins and 96 losses. This was the Senators' 11th and last season in Washington, D.C., as they moved to Arlington, Texas the following season, becoming the Texas Rangers. The move would leave Washington without a Major League Baseball team for 34 years until the Montreal Expos of the National League relocated there in 2005, becoming the current Washington Nationals.

1972 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1972 season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 54 wins and 100 losses. This was the Rangers' first season in Texas, as well as the club's first year in the AL West, after playing their first 11 seasons in Washington, D.C., and from 1969 to 1971 in the American League East.

1973 Cleveland Indians season

The 1973 Cleveland Indians season was the 73rd in the franchise's history. The club finished in sixth place in the American League East.

1973 Texas Rangers season

The 1973 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses.

1974 Cleveland Indians season

The 1974 Cleveland Indians season was the team's 74th season in Major League Baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 77–85.

1975 Cleveland Indians season

The 1975 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 79–80.

1975 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1975 season involved the A's finishing first in the American League West with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They went on to play the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 American League Championship Series, losing in three straight games.

1976 Oakland Athletics season

The 1976 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing second in the American League West with a record of 87 wins and 74 losses, 2½ games behind the Kansas City Royals, meaning that the A's failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1970. This team set and still holds the modern Major League team record for most stolen bases in a season with 341.The Athletics would not eclipse this season's win total until 1988 (when they won 104). Indeed, nearly all of the team's stars (Sal Bando, Rollie Fingers, Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Don Baylor, Phil Garner, Billy Williams, Claudell Washington, and an injury-plagued Willie McCovey) would depart during the 1976–77 offseason. This staggering mass exodus contributed led to a 24-win plunge in 1977.

1982 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1982 followed the system in place since 1978.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected two, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro Leagues.

It selected Happy Chandler and Travis Jackson.

1995 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1995 season involved the Rangers finishing third in the American League west with a record of 74 wins and 70 losses. They also hosted the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

2000 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2000 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.


Bosman is a Dutch and Afrikaans toponymic surname, originally meaning "man who lives or works in the forest". People with this surname include:

André Bosman (born 1965), Dutch politician

Andrea Bosman (born 1979), Dutch bicycle racer

Andries Bosman (1621–c.1681), Flemish priest and flower painter

Charne Bosman (born 1975), South African ong distance runner

Dick Bosman (born 1944), American baseball player

Fred Bosman (born 1944), Dutch pathologist

Herman Charles Bosman (1905–1951), South African writer and journalist

Jean-Marc Bosman (born 1964), Belgian footballer

John Bosman (born 1965), Dutch footballer

Len Bosman (1924–2017), Australian politician

Loots Bosman (born 1977), South African cricketer

Lourie Bosman (born 1941), South African politician

Machiel Bosman (born 1972), Dutch historian and writer

Melodie Bosman (born 1976), New Zealand rugby union player

Meyer Bosman (born 1985), South African rugby player

Patrick Bosman (born 1994), Dutch-born Austrian racing cyclist

Petrus Bosman (1928–2008), South African ballet dancer and choreographer

Rogier Bosman (born 1974), Dutch jazz musician

Willem Bosman (1672 – after 1703), Dutch merchant living in Ghana

Kristo Bosman (born 1987), South African semi-professional ventriloquist and member of the Hillbrow Philharmonic Orchestra

List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Arlington, Texas. They play in the American League West division. The Rangers played their first 11 seasons, from 1961 to 1971, as the Washington Senators, one of three different major league teams to use the name. In Washington, D.C., the Senators played their home games at Griffith Stadium for their inaugural season before moving to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium the following season. The team moved to Texas in 1972, and played their home games at Arlington Stadium until 1993. The team's current home, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, has been the Rangers' home field since the start of the 1994 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.The Senators/Rangers have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 18 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 7 no decisions, the Rangers went on to win five and lose three of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 23 wins and 29 losses.Three Texas Rangers Opening Day pitchers—Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan—have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.The Senators' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Donovan, who was credited with the loss against the Chicago White Sox in the game played at Griffith Stadium with President John F. Kennedy throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Though the Senators ended the 1961 with a 61–100 record, 47½ games out of first place, Donovan ended the season leading the American League with a 2.40 ERA.In 1962, the team moved to District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969), with Bennie Daniels on the mound for Opening Day. President Kennedy attended the Opening Day game, as the Senators defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4–1. The Senators, and their starting pitchers, lost their next eight Opening Day games. Dick Bosman started on Opening Day for the Senators in 1971, their last season in Washington, D.C., and led the Senators to an 8–0 victory over Vida Blue and the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers advanced to the playoffs in 1996, 1998 and 1999. In each of those three seasons the Rangers faced the New York Yankees in the Divisional Series and lost. In 1996, Ken Hill was the Opening Day starter in a 5–3 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the 1996 American League Division Series, John Burkett started and won the opening game of the series by a 6–2 score, the only game the Rangers won in the series. Burkett was the Opening Day starter in 1998, in a game the Rangers lost 9–2 to the Chicago White Sox. In the 1998 American League Division Series, Todd Stottlemyre started and lost the first game of the series, which the Yankees swept in three games. Rick Helling was the Opening Day starter in 1999, losing 11–5 to the Detroit Tigers. In the 1999 American League Division Series, Aaron Sele was the starter in the opening game of the series, with the Rangers again swept by the Yankees.Kevin Millwood has pitched four consecutive Opening Day starts, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two other Rangers pitchers have pitched three consecutive Opening Day starts: Charlie Hough in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and Nolan Ryan in 1990, 1991 and 1992.Charlie Hough has the most Opening Day starts for the Rangers, with six, and has a record of three wins and one loss. Ken Hill and Kenny Rogers both won both of their decisions, for a perfect 2–0 record. Six other pitchers won their only decision. Colby Lewis had a win and a loss each in his two Opening Day starts. Kevin Millwood and Dick Bosman each lost three of their four Opening Day starts for the Rangers. Pete Richert, Camilo Pascual and Rick Helling each lost both of their starts. Ten pitchers have lost their only start.

St. Petersburg Pelicans

The St. Petersburg Pelicans were one of the eight original franchises that began playing in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The team was managed by Bobby Tolan, while Dick Bosman, Ozzie Virgil, Sr. and Tom Zimmer served as coaches. They played their home games at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.The Pelicans went 42-30 in the regular season and won the Northern Division title. Steve Henderson hit .352 for the club, and Lenny Randle batted .349. Milt Wilcox went 12-3, and Jon Matlack added 10 wins. Led by Lamar Johnson's home run and three RBI, the Pelicans went on to beat the West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win the league's championship game.The team returned for a second season but ceased operation when the league folded in December 1990.

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