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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 49 of 1043 players
Kenneth George Boswell
Born: February 23, 1946 at Austin, Tex.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 170

Ken Boswell has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 15 times, most recently on March 15, 2016.

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First Mets game: September 18, 1967
Last Mets game: October 2, 1974

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Ken Boswell drove in the game winning run on September 10, 1969 in a 12 inning game against the Expos to put the Mets in 1st place for their first time ever. To me that was more exciting then them winning the World Series that year.

It was September 1970 doubleheader vs Pittsburgh. Koosman wins the first game and Seaver gets worked in the nightcap. Anyway, 11-year-old Bigstro in attendance with his Pop catches the first and only foul ball of his illustrious tenure as a Fan. Well not exactly, the truth is that BigStro Sr. caught it off of the bat of Kenny Boswell on a carom off the hands of some drunken retard about two rows in front of us. Less than 24 hours later BIGSTRO brilliantly hit the very same ball into the street on 6th Avenue and Houston never to be seen again.

I would still like to thank Kenny Boswell for being behind that Bob Veale fastball. Old number 12 was a very underrated player and an excellent clutch hitter.

February 28, 2002
Is there a more forgotten everyday player from the '69 Miracle Mets?

Joe Figliola
March 26, 2002
Ken Boswell, 1968 rookie of the year.

Sounds crazy, doesn't it? At one point in the season, he apparently was seriously being considered AHEAD of Johnny Bench and Jerry Koosman by the sportswriters of the day. That ended when he broke his finger. Can anyone shed some light on this?

In addition to his steady play, Boswell had some wit. When asked why he never liked eggs, he replied, "I can't see why anyone would like something that comes out of a chicken's butt."

Someone on this site wrote about Boswell as a forgotten player on the '69 Mets. Not true, especially when he nearly matched his regular-season home run output against the Braves in the NLCS. He became a more displaced player after the Mets acquired Felix Millan; still, he was a pretty good pinch-hitter prior to the rise of Ed Kranepool and Rusty Staub in this role.

Larry Burns
May 30, 2002
This guy was my brother's first favorite player. When we played catch in the yard he was always Ken Boswell. I guess it did not matter that he was just an average ballplayer. His name was Ken and he became a 2nd basemen because of Boswell. I will always fondly remember him because of my bro!

September 10, 2002
I remember Kenny Boswell as being the cutest Met at the time. I was 12 and had the hots for him for years to come. I met him at a few Welcome Home Dinners held every year the day before the season began and while players like Tom Seaver and Wayne Garrett were running from the fans, Kenny was there signing autographs for anyone who wanted one.

Mr. Sparkle
September 25, 2002
He was always one of my favorite players when I was a kid. I don't have any real strong memories other than the fact that he and Wayne Garrett were two of my favorites. Time fades the details but I just remember seeing him get some clutch hits over the years and playing some fairly good D.

November 16, 2002
When I was 11 years old I attended my little league baseball banquet and the guest of honor was Ken Boswell, second baseman of the World Champion NY Mets. I had never seen a real live baseball player before as did most of the kids there and it was a pretty exciting prospect. Mind you , Ken Boswell was not that high profile a player but playing in NY and being on the world championship team gave him a certain level of legitimate star power. To a bunch of 8 to 11 year olds in a New Jersey suburb it was like a papal visit to Buenos Aires.

Well we waited through the official meet and greet hour shifting feet drinking cokes while our Dad's were pounding back the cutty sarks on the rocks and reingolds , we kept looking at each other wondering when he was gonna show.there we were in our ugly little man suits and clip on ties, then we decided to start the banquet without him but we were sure he was on his way and he'd make it before the dessert came. We slowly ate our salsbury steaks and twice baked potatos because we didn't want to finish our dinner and Make Ken Boswell upset that we didn't wait for him. Then dessert came and went and the dishes were getting cleared away and it was getting late. A few fathers and sons lingered long after the tables were cleared in the hope that he'd been tied up in traffic but to no avail.Finally the lights were flicked as a signal to the last hopeful group of stragglers that the service help were anxious to close up. It then dawned on us that he wasn't showing up. Ken Boswell, New York Met, world champion second baseman just blew us off. A lot of little boys went home that night with their Ken Boswell baseball cards unautographed and a few cried. I swore to myself that very night on that long drive home in the back of my dad's station wagon that if I ever got famous that I would never disappoint a group of kids like we were that night.

December 23, 2002
Boswell broke his hand sliding into 2nd base-- unlike the idiots of today who slide in head first, he slid in feet first but didnt get his hands down-- the pivot throw ricocheted off his finger.

January 9, 2004
Too bad this guy didn't more opportunities with the Mets. Got injured his rookie year as I recall, then had to platoon with Al Weis of all people. Later, when Felix Millan was brought in Boswell's days as Mets second baseman were clearly numbered. Met him once in an airport he was very cordial.

Dave Ralston
October 4, 2004
I was fortunate to attend junior high school and high school with Ken Boswell. You used to kid me about a faded red sweater I wore one day that turned pink... therefore the nickname Pinkie. He kidded me in a fun way and not in a mean spirited way. When I later become afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis, some of the "Jocks" at Travis High made fun of the way I walked but Ken made them stop. Reading the other comments about signing autographs and being there for fans is a part of his upbringing and I am sure he made his parents proud. Travis High School class of '64 is!

Jonathan Stern
March 30, 2005
Everytime I've read an interview with Boswell, he comes across as particularly likeable and fun to be with. I wish I had seen him play. He loved New York and made the most of 1969.

Was best friends with Art Shamsky, the nice Jewish boy from St. Louis, who once referred to as "the greatest player I ever saw." Fine enough.

November 4, 2006
I have been a Mets fan since 1962 when I was 9 years old, and had quite a few crushes on the players, but Ken Boswell was the ultimate crush. He was very cute as were most of the players.

I don't know exactly what attracted me to him but he was just special to me. He was never a superstar, but he was a valuable member of the team, a good utility player who always gave 100 percent. I remember he had a streak of 80 something games with no errors in 1970, which I think was a record for the club.

I went to quite a few games between 1968-1970, and Ken usually did well. I used to say I brought him luck. LOL! I was so proud of the fact that he helped the Mets in the playoffs against Atlanta in 1969.

When Willie Randolph first became manager, he mentioned in an interview that he chose number 12 because he was a fan of Ken Boswell and he played second base. That endeared me to Willie immediately.

I was so upset when they traded Ken in 1974. Then in 1999, they celebrated the 30th anniversary of the '69 Mets and had an autograph signing session with the whole team at Hofstra University in L.I. The autographs started at $10 and went up depending on the popularity of the players. I could only afford one autograph, so of course it was Ken. He was very nice and was flattered that I was such a fan. I was in heaven that I met my all time favorite Met. In my opinion, Boswell was one of the best second basemen they had.

November 17, 2006
A lifetime post season batting average of .421 Not bad.

August 5, 2007
What I find amazing is that he started all 3 games of the 69 LCS, hit great and only played in 1 WS in 69.

April 5, 2008
I am a crazy Met fan and Kenny Boswell is my all time favorite. I don't remember why I chose him, but I have never worn a jersey unless it is #12. He went 86 games at second without an error and the streak ended on a throwing error. That record held till Manny Trillo of the Cubs broke it, I was upset. He also has the tied record for 3 pinch hits in a World Series, but he did that in only 3 at bats. His toughest year he batted only .211 and needed a final day in a double header of something like 6 for 8. I'd love to run into him one day, maybe at a Met fantasy camp. I am the one with #12.

October 13, 2008
I was with a buddy at a very young age and we routinely went early to Shea to see the Mets arrive. A group of players showed together and were readily identifiable. We could not tell who Ken Boswell was. I guess his hair was much lighter given the fact that black and white TV didn't do anyone justice. Finally I blurted out, "Hey, it's Ken Boswell!" He said "Yeah" in a mock cheer. Consistent player.

Steve "Scooter" Smith
October 15, 2010
I came "up" to the Auburn Mets from the Mets rookie league team, (Marion), along with Jim McAndrew. I was signed as a second baseman, but Kenny had hit in his first 19 games, so I ended up in the outfield. I would lead off with Kenny hitting second, and I must say, we did our share of damage to opposing pitchers. He loves his country music, (Ray Price et al), and was such a great teammate! Kenny, if you are reading this I hope and trust all is well!!!

October 19, 2011
P.S. to 10/15/10.

I wonder if Jim Leyland remembers catching the first game of a double-header for the Jamestown Tigers against Auburn. I was four for six, and Kenny was four for six. Jim, that was eight hits in the 1,2 slots. (You batted after the shortstop, Lopez, and you were 0 for three with one run scored.)

March 19, 2016
I have a very specific memory of Ken Boswell hitting what should have been called a leadoff home run at Shea. Instant reply showed the ball hit over the home run line and came back onto the field. Boswell ended up with a leadoff triple.

He was stranded at third as the Mets never got Ken home.

This was about 1970. Just wondered if anyone else remembers.

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