Monday, March 11, 2013
The Negro League baseball history fact for today
Lyman Bostock, Sr. was born on this date in Birmingham, Alabama; 1918. The slick fielding first baseman had a promising Negro League baseball career disrupted by World War II. While playing for the Birmingham Black Barons in 1941, Bostock was selected for the East-West All Star Game. He got a hit and scored a run in the game that was played in front of 50,026 fans. Drafted into the Army the next year, Bostock did not return to baseball until 1946. The Black Barons traded him to the Chicago American Giants the next year and he also played for the New York Cubans before finishing his career in the Canadian minor leagues. Bostock's son, Lyman Bostock Jr., played in the Major Leagues four years before being murdered during the 1978 season.