Bostock, the son of Negro League player Lyman Bostock, Sr., appeared headed for stardom
before he was fatally wounded in 1978. In 1976, he hit .323 and received the Calvin
R. Griffith Award for the most improved Twin. In 1977, he finished second to teammate
Rod Carew in the AL batting race (.336 to Carew's .388). The well-liked Alabaman
was shot in Gary, Indiana, in the back seat of a car driven by his uncle. Police
later arrested the estranged husband of one of two women in the car.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 25, 1977: CF Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, tying the ML mark, as the Twins sweep the Red Sox, 13–5 and 9-4. Bostock is only the 3rd big leaguer to do it in nine innings and just the 2nd CF in this century. His 17 putouts in the twinbill is also an AL record. Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers for Boston, the 5th time this year the Red Sox have done it.
»September 23, 1978: The Angels 27-year-old OF Lyman Bostock, a .311 lifetime hitter, is killed by a shotgun blast while riding in a car in Gary, IN. The shot was meant for one of the other passengers in the car.
»June 20, 1980: Leonard Smith, the man who killed Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock with a shotgun blast on September 23, 1978, but was later acquitted of the crime by reason of insanity, is released from Logansport State Hospital and allowed to return to his home in Gary, IN, because psychiatrists say he is no longer mentally ill.