Share your memories of Don Bosch
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I recall when the Mets acquired Don Bosch he was touted the "Center Fielder of the Future" and was praised for his defensive ability. Unfortunately, it did not work out for Don while a Met.
Yes, he was highly touted -- remember that Dennis Ribant had just had one of the best seasons to date by a Mets pitcher. In any event, Don Cardwell proved useful and Ribant never amounted to much later so probably not a bad deal. I remembered Bosch being a disappointment at the time but didn't realize until looking at the stats on this website how hopeless he was.
David E. of New Mexico
I remember I was at a game in 1968 when Bosch came up to bat. My cousin Ricky booed him furiously. My Uncle Mel said, "Ricky, this is Mrs. Don Bosch." Yes, she was sitting right next to us. Ricky apologized profusely. A couple of innings, Bosch hit his first major-league homer (I believe it was against the Giants). Mrs. Bosch was in tears.
November 26, 2001
When the Mets first picked him up, GM Bing Devine said Bosch played the outfield like Willie Mays. He left out the fact that he hit like Willie Ames.
February 21, 2002
When he came to the Mets he was called the best centerfielder in the country-------unfortunately he was playing in the city. When I saw him in 1967 at the Welcome Dinner I thought he was the batboy.
March 28, 2003
I was at that game in 1968 in which Don Bosch hit his first home run.
It was the first game I attended since our family had moved from Merrick, Long Island to Port Washington. I became a Met fan once we lived in Port because the reception on WOR Channel 9 was much better in Port Washington. The fact that the LIRR ran directly to Shea also helped.
I had begged my father to bring me to a game and he reluctantly went along with the gag. (He was bored by baseball and reserved his passion for Penn State football). We went with my friend John Wezenaar and his father of the same name and sat in the mezzanine.
My father stuggled to stay awake as Mr. Wezenaar quaffed innumerable Rheingold's while my friend John aroused my jealousy by harrassing his father into buying him a Met's yearbook.
(I believe the yearbook featured an easel with a portrait of Gil Hodges with a cartoon kid in a Mets uniform saying, "I've got you Gil!").
Anyway Don Bosch ripped a homer off I believe Juan Marichal. My recollection gets a little hazy here but I think he also knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Mets went on to win.
I remember thinking that Don Bosch would remember his 1st home run for the rest of his life...little knowing that I would remember it as well.
My father, Mr. Wezenaar and my friend John have all passed away.
A small thing perhaps but one of pieces of heart candy that is forever.
Oh life! Oh Baseball! Oh Don Bosch!
August 2, 2003
I can remember Don Bosch trying to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run with I beleive Willie Mays making the throw home. An incredulous Lindsey Nelson couldn't believe it as Bosch ran into a big circle 35 feet from the plate completely out of the baseline in an ill-advised attempt to avoid the tag. I think I was 11 and my brother was 13 and we watched while my father snored on the couch. We cracked up laughing for a long time and it struck us as being the funniest thing we had seen in our lives!
July 1, 2004
He was one of a lot of guys the Mets proclaimed as their saviour, mostly out of their continuing desperation. Unbelievable hype. Like Clint Hartung before and Gregg Jefferies later.
But when the reporters saw him in spring 1968, they were amazed to see that he had prematurely gray hair. He hit less than his weight of 167, and the Mets figured they had enough .167 hitters on the club. At least he seemed more relaxed about his predicament than Jefferies.
July 5, 2004
My uncle's favorite player was Don Bosch, while my father's was Mets great Tom Seaver. Dad would always bust my uncle because of his strange choice for a favorite player and facetiously referred to him as the "ever popular" Don Bosch. Seaver would always make headlines, while Bosch would have numerous "oh- fers". However, one day Bosch had a huge game and was named Player of the Game. My uncle was ecstatic and never let my dad forget about that day that Bosch was a star.
February 1, 2005
Don Bosch was a diminutive center fielder who the 1967 Mets touted as the best CF in the country. That year I was fortunate to attend the Mets Welcome Dinner. Everyone there wanted to know who Don Bosch was. When we saw who he was, it was amazing because this guy looked like a little leaguer, not to mention he played like one also. I believe it was against the Expos in a DH when he misjudged the first fly ball hit to him. When Gil Hodges came to the Mets, Bosch was on his way out because Hodges traded for Tommie Agee.
February 21, 2005
Bosch is mentioned in Dick Schaap's 1969 book "The Year the Mets Lost Last Place" during the account of the mid-season series with Les Expos, which took place between the two legendary Cubs series. Bosch was a member of the Expos then, and had some self-deprecatory words about his Mets stint. The poor man was no Sid Finch.
January 24, 2016
Donald Bosch and I were in the same grammar school for nine years in San Francisco, California. He was a good student, an outstanding athlete and a kind classmate. I, along with other classmates, have fond memories of him and will acknowledge his courage to join the major league at our 60th grammar school reunion this February, 2016! We have always held him in high esteem.
June 20, 2016
Since I was already rooting for an underdog team, I
also liked to root for underdog players, so I drove my
friends crazy talking about Don Bosch back in the day.
I enjoyed reading the comments of others and I did a
little research on a few things. His first homer came
on June 14, 1968 against Mike McCormick of the Giants.
He led off the 3rd inning and a few batters later,
Jerry Buchek homered to knock McCormick out of the game.
His next homer came on the next game, against Juan
Marichal! A leadoff shot, and he went 3-for-5,
probably the game that one of the other commenters
referred to as a great game for him. Mets still lost, 9-5.
His last homer also came at home that season, batting
second in the lineup on July 4 against Jim Bunning of
His only triple came the previous year at home against
the Giants and Gaylord Perry - a game in which Perry
and Jack Fisher both went 11 innings!!