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 / Texas Rangers (1966–73), 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: (1944-02-17) February 17, 1944
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
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 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]

Bosman was traded along with Ted Ford from the Rangers to the Indians for Steve Dunning on May 10, 1973.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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][8] After retiring, he 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 was 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.[9]


  1. "Dick Bosman Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  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". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  4. "Minnesota Twins at Washington Senators Box Score, August 13, 1970". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  5. "Bosman Sent to Indians By Rangers for Dunning," The Associated Press (AP), Thursday, May 10, 1973. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  6. "Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Box Score, July 19, 1974". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  7. "Indians Send Jim Perry, Bosman to A's for Odom". The New York Times. 1975-05-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  8. "Dick Bosman Baseball Stats | Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  9. Topkin, Marc. "Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier breaks foot in wild 87 win over Yankees," Tampa Bay Times, Thursday, September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018


  • 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
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