Dave Boswell, 1945-2012

  • Updated: June 12, 2012 - 11:30 PM

Dave Boswell, a righthanded pitcher who was one of two 20-game winners for the Twins in 1969 before retiring two years later at age 26, died Monday in Joppa, Md., of an apparent heart attack. He was 67.

Born in Baltimore in 1945, Boswell signed with the Twins in 1963 and reached the majors one year. He went 6-5 in 1965, when the Twins reached their first World Series.

In 1967, Boswell notched 200 strikeouts, and he went 20-12 with a 3.23 ERA in 1969. That fall, he locked horns with Orioles lefthander Dave McNally in a scoreless pitchers' duel that stretched into extra innings at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Boswell finally gave up a run in the 11th, and the Orioles won 1-0.

Boswell's on-field success was overshadowed by a string of off-field incidents, including an infamous fight with then-manager Billy Martin in August 1969, outside a bar in Detroit. Boswell got into another fight when the Twins were celebrating their 1970 division title, requiring 23 stitches.

The Twins released him in 1971. He then pitched briefly with the Tigers and Orioles.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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