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Dave
Boswell

Without question, one of the camp's all time favorite Pro Staff personalities was Dave Boswell.  Dave pitched seven years with the Twins and was a key piece of the 1965 American League Championship team, as well as the 1969 and 1970 Western Division Twin Championships.  In 1969 Bos recorded 20 wins, one of just five Twins pitchers to ever do so. 

At camp he was known for his contagious smile and gregarious personality.  He was one of the greatest story tellers of all time - and did he have stories!  If he hadn't been blessed with a Major League pitching arm, he could have certainly made it professionally as a standup comic.  Bos and Lou Boswell were fixtures at the camp and their participation spanned over 20 years.

The camp was proud to induct Dave into it's Hall of Fame in January of 2013 and if more honored to have had Lou and the Boswell's three children on hand for the induction and tribute ceremonies.  Lou was presented Bos' Hall of Fame plaque from the only two roommates he ever had as a Twin - the great Camilo Pascual and his great friend, Frank Quilici.

Bos was one of the major league's most highly sought after pitchers in 1963.  The Twins move from Washington to Minnesota in 1961 allowed the Griffith family the cash to sign this bonus baby.  Although the Yankees had also shown interest in Dave, he chose to sign with the Twins in hopes that he would be able to make it to the Major Leagues quicker.  His stint in the minor leagues was a brief one and he made his major league debut at the age of 19 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  He was a key addition to the Twins pitching staff as they made their run for the club's first American League pennant in 1965.  In 1969 he was a 20 game winner for the Twins and finished the season with an incredible 190 strike outs.  An all around athlete, it was not unusual to see him inserted as a pinch runner or as a pinch hitter.  In his seven seasons with the Twins, Dave developed the reputation as tough competitor and his fun loving approach to the game and to life in general, made for a "loose" clubhouse.

 

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