Washington Senators Friday: Dick Bosman & Pete Craig

1967 Topps

That is one beaten card. But I wanted to take a look at this pair today, to see where their careers diverged. Let’s start with Dick Bosman.

Dick had been 2-6 with a 7.62 ERA in 13 games 1966, so of these 2, it looked like he might have the shorter career, but he ended up hanging on for 11 seasons, lasting up to the 1976 season. He stayed with the Senators up through their 72 move to Texas, then got dealt to the Cleveland Indians with Ted Ford for Steve Dunning. He ended up with a career 82-85 record, a 3.67 ERA, 757 Ks in 1591 innings, and an 8.8 WAR, putting him well outside the top 1,000 players to ever play. Of course, he ended up being a major league pitching coach later, coaching for the White Sox (1986-1987) Rochester Red Wings (1988-1991),  Orioles (1992-1994), and Rangers (1995-2000). He’s been a coach in the Rays’ system since 2002.

Pete Craig, in the meantime, he of the cab-door ears, had already been in the league since 1964 when this card was issued, and wouldn’t pitch in the majors in 1967. In fact, he wouldn’t pitch in the majors in any year after 1966. His major league career consisted of six games, an 11.50 ERA, and a 0-3 record with a -1.7 WAR. I have no idea what happened to him after that, but we have this small capsule of his career here.

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