Bostock a tragic figure in history of draft
Young Angels outfielder's promising career was cut short
The book on the First-Year Player Draft teems with inspiring stories of low-level selections who struck it big, and with depressing tales, mostly of marquee picks who flopped.Though he certainly did not flop, the legacy of Lyman Bostock Jr. has both ends covered. Unlike most late-round picks who persevere across a long, winding road to break through, Bostock was a meteor. Four years after being the 596th pick in the draft as the Minnesota Twins' 26th-round choice, he was chasing the great George Brett to the wire in the 1976 American League batting race. Bostock was one of the brightest stars in baseball's new galaxy, until his flame was suddenly and tragically snuffed on a street in a Chicago suburb.
Beloved Husband, Son Carved into the gravestone on the left is a silhouette of a left-handed-swinging batter and, on the upper right, the old haloed Angels logo. Lyman Bostock Sr. outlived his son by 27 years, passing away in 2005. A simple note anonymously left on Junior's grave reads, "Have fun playing with your dad."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.