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Kenneth George Boswell

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Texan Ken Boswell was a sure-handed second baseman who possessed only limited range. A left-handed batter, he became an excellent pinch-hitter with the Houston Astros when his playing days with the New York Mets came to an end after the 1974 season.

He was the Mets' starting second baseman, at least against right-handers, from 1969 to 1972, when he played over 100 games each season. During the Mets run for the 1969 pennant, where they won 38 of their last 49 regular season games, Boswell was a major cog in the run scoring machine. Boswell had 37 hits in 91 at-bats during those 49 games, a batting average of .407, with 7 doubles and 3 triples. If the 17 walks that he received in those 49 games are considered, Boswell reached base on half of his appearances (54 times on base in 108 plate appearances).

In the 1969 National League Championship Series, Boswell hit 2 home runs in the Mets' three-game sweep of the Braves. However, Wayne Garrett got to be starter in the 1969 World Series, with Boswell only starting Game Three against Jim Palmer, going 1 for 3 with a run scored, as the Baltimore Orioles started lefthanders Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally in the other four games. In 1973, the Mets acquired Felix Millan to play second base, and Boswell became a pinch-hitting specialist. He tied a record with three pinch hits in the World Series. After the 1974 season, he was traded to the Astros in return for OF Bob Gallagher

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