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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Local product Hosley dies at the age of 66.

He might have been another Cliff Johnson, but had the misfortune of coming with the Tigers when they had Bill Freehan and the A’s when they had Gene Tenace.

Bruce Markusen Posted: January 25, 2014 at 09:03 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: January 25, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4646355)
I have no idea who Local product Hosley even was, but I'm getting kind of creeped out about all these younguns dying on us when they've barely started to live.
   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 26, 2014 at 09:10 AM (#4646415)
Hosley was a perennial prospect in the late 1960s and early seventies who put up some huge power numbers as a minor league catcher: 30 home runs, 26, and 24 among his best years. But he could never gain traction with the Tigers or A's, though he did pick up a couple of World Series rings with Oakland.

The one year that he received significant playing time--with the Cubs in 1975--he put up an OPS of over .800, but then the Cubs waived him the following season. He just couldn't catch a break with a major league team.

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