Tagged: death

RIP Harry Kalas

The baseball community once again mourns the death of one of it’s active promoters and memebers. Harry Kalas was not a player like Adenhart was, he was a broadcaster. However, he was definitely well respected within the baseball community, as Kalas was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with Phillies fans.

                             

                     Harry Kalas (3/26/36 – 4/13/09)

I’ll have a blog later today on the Rays-Yankees game, the game that I am now addicted to, and why Julia is a mean mean lady. 😛

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

Hang in there, Phillies fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

R.I.P. Nick Adenhart

Last night, 22-year old right handed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart pitched 6 scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. That would turn out to be the last time Adenhart would ever pitch.

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Adenhart, former top can’t-miss pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, would later lose his life along with two others in a tragic car crash in California last night. With a sharp curveball and a good fastball, along with solid poise, it seemed that the Halos had a real future ace in their midst. However, that would sadly never come to be.

This has to be one of the biggest tragedies in 2009. Such great talent. What a shame.

The Yankees lost last night, a terrific…ly awful start by Chien-Ming Wang, however the Yanks are leading 3-2 as I speak in the top of the fifth inning today.

Hang in there, Angel fans.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Too Soon: The Stories of Fallen Active MLB Players Pt. 1

Baseball is such a fun and joyous sport. It’s rich history and all the great moments created by it can help a fan escape from the troubles of everyday life. The game seems so wonderful and innocent. However, this innocence can sometimes be perverted. Baseball players almost seem immortal throughout their entire careers; nobody ever sees them dying. Nobody ever can predict when somebody will go. And sometimes, a player will retire prior to retiring, completely unexpectedly and tragically. These are the stories of those players.

Lyman Bostock

Not enough baseball fans know the tale of Lyman Bostock, and it definitely should be shared more often. Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr. was born on November 22nd, 1950. A left handed hitting outfielder from Birmingham, Alabama, Bostock was a very talented player, who had good speed, was a solid defensive outfielder, and could swing the bat as good as the rest of ’em. In his first full season, in 1976, a 25-year old Bostock hit .323 for the Minnesota Twins in 474 at bats, as well as hitting for the cycle on July 24, 1976. His batting average that year was fourth in the league. In 1977, Lyman topped that by hitting .336 for the Twins, with a 144 OPS+, had 90 RBI, 14 homers, and only struck out 59 times in 593 at bats. Bostock had the 2nd best average in the league, behind only Rod Carew. He finished 27th in the Most Valuable Player voting.

Bostock signed with the California Angels in 78, and that year, after struggling with the bat early in the season, ended up leading the Angels in batting average with a .296 clip, and although it was his least impressive full season, he still finished 23rd in the MVP voting.

In 1978, Bostock would not be alive to put up any numbers.

On September 23rd, 1978, in Gary, Indiana, Bostock fell victim to a bullet that wasn’t supposed to hit him. Let Wikipedia tell you the story.

“With a week remaining in the season, he went 2 for 4 with a walk in a Saturday afternoon game against the White Sox in Chicago, to raise his average to .296. Following the game, as he regularly did when in Chicago, Bostock visited his uncle, Thomas Turner, in nearby Gary, Indiana. After eating a meal with a group of relatives at Turner’s home, Bostock and his uncle went to visit Joan Hawkins, a woman whom Bostock had tutored as a teenager, but had not seen for several years. After the visit, Turner agreed to give Hawkins and her sister, Barbara Smith, a ride to their cousin’s house. Smith had been living with Hawkins while estranged from her husband, Leonard Smith. Unbeknownst to the group, Leonard Smith was outside Hawkins’s home in his car and observed the group’s departure in Turner’s car.

As Turner’s vehicle was stopped at a traffic signal at the intersection of 5th and Jackson streets, Smith’s car pulled up alongside them. Smith leaned out of his vehicle and fired one blast of a .410 caliber shotgun into the back seat of Turner’s car, where his wife and Bostock were seated. Smith did not know Bostock, but Smith later claimed that his wife was frequently unfaithful to him, and that based upon his observance of Bostock getting into the car with Barbara Smith, he concluded that the two were having an affair. In fact, Bostock had only met the woman twenty minutes previously, when he and his uncle arrived at Hawkins’s home.

Leonard Smith said that his lethal wrath was intended for his estranged wife. However, Bostock was seated between Barbara Smith and the position from which Leonard Smith was firing. The blast missed the woman and instead struck Bostock in the right temple. He died two hours later at a Gary hospital.”

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York