Friday, April 10, 2009

Nick Adenhart: Tragedy recalls sad memories of Lyman Bostock

Nick Adenhart’s life was taken way too soon.

At only 22 years of age, the Anaheim Angels pitcher had a multi-million dollar future ahead of him … not to mention a mega-million dollar personality that made him liked by all, according to teammates.

His sudden and shocking automobile accident death brings to mind another fallen Angel in Lyman Bostock.

Back in September 1978, Bostock, 27, was in his hometown of Gary, Ind. after a game and was fatally shot.

Like Adenhart, Bostock had a great career in front of him. And what’s more, Bostock put his money where his bat was.

Old-timers will remember the time when Bostock struggled so much in April 1978 with the then California Angels that he offered to return his entire salary for the month. (See if that ever happens in this baseball era!)

After three years with the Minnesota Twins, Bostock signed with the Angels as a free agent and batted .150 for the month of April. He went the team's management and attempted to return his April salary, saying he had not earned it. The team refused, so Bostock announced he would donate his April salary to charity.

Bostock batted .404 in June on the way to a .296 average for the season that tragically ended too soon for him.

Adenhart was killed by a suspected drunken driver; Bostock by a jealous husband who thought Bostock was having an affair with the murderer’s wife. (Bostock, who was riding in the back seat a car with the woman, had just met her 20 minutes earlier.)

Sadly, Bostock’s killer was found innocent by reason of insanity and spent only 21 months in custody.

Let’s hope that Adenhart’s killer receives a more just punishment.


kareem said...

What a tragedy that such a fine young man as Adenhart was cut down in the prime of life by a young man reportedly under the influence of alcohol and driving an automobile. He really rode the roller coaster of emotion in the last night of his life having pitched six scoreless innings only to see the bullpen give up the win and then to suffer the ultimate defeat; the loss of his life. What a shame and great tragedy for him and his family. Times like these really put sports in their proper place as they are not near as important as the loss of his life.

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