From the "there must be something wrong with me" department, I look at this picture of Steve Boros, poised to receive an imaginary throw from the imaginary catcher, and all I can think about is how much his red undershirt looks like that old-timey flannel underwear. You know, the kind with the square button-up panel in the rear that were all the rage in classic cartoons. Also, someone is building a giant tower out of Construx beyond the outfield. That's my take, anyway.
-The Flint, MI native signed with the Tigers in 1957 as a bonus baby ($25,000) out of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelors' degree in literature. My kind of guy!
-A .305 average at AA in 1959 and an MVP season at AAA Denver the following year (.317 AVG, 42 2B, 30 HR, 119 RBI, .402 OBP) helped him to earn a return to the majors.
-Struggled to build on his initial success, but did slug 16 home runs in his sophomore season and continued to draw walks (.228 AVG/.331 OBP).
-Was traded to the Cubs in 1963 and saw action in only 41 games. The following season he was bought by the Reds and received significant playing time for the last time in his career, batting .257 with little power.
-Coached for a few teams: Kansas City (1975-1979; 1993-1994), Montreal (1981-1982), and Baltimore (1995). Also spent 1970-1974 and 1980 managing in the minor leagues for the Royals and Expos.