Known for his "bad hands" when he broke in with the Mets, Boswell made three errors
on Opening Day, 1969. But in 1970, he set the major-league fielding mark for second
basemen (.996) and played a then-record 85 consecutive errorless games. Always a
platoon player, he tied a record with three pinch hits in the 1973 World Series.
His career-high .279 BA came in the Mets' 1969 championship season.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 10, 1969:
Meanwhile the Mets sweep the Expos, 3–2 and 7–1. Ken Boswell's single in the 12th wins the opener. Taylor in relief of Jim McAndrew, who pitches the first 11 innings, is the winner. Mike Wegener matches McAndrew for 11 innings, striking out 15 Mets. In the night cap, the Mets score six runs in the 3rd to knock out starter Howie Reed. The winner is Nolan Ryan (6–1), who gives up three hits and fans 11. The Mets' two wins puts them into first place by a game, the 1st time ever the team has been atop the NL. The Cubs' loss drops them out of first after 155 days atop the NL. Chicago will continue to swoon and finish the month with a 9-17 record.
»August 7, 1972: When Cleon Jones misses a shoestring catch in the bottom of the 13th inning, Ted Sizemore races around with an inside-the-park homer to give the Cards a 3–2 win over the 2nd place Mets. Diego Segui, in relief of Bob Gibson who pitches 10 innings, is the winner. Mets 2B Ken Boswell has no chances to tie a major-league record for an extra inning game.