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Published on Dec 28, 2008
The story of major league baseball player Lyman Bostock's rise from the intercity of Los Angeles to his tragic death during his first season as the highest paid player in sports after signing with the California Angels in 1977 after leaving the Minnesota Twins.During the first month of the season and having a subpar performance, Bostock refused to take his salary and when the team would not keep it, he gave it to charity. Bostock was fatally shot in Gary, Indiana by a jealous divorcee while visiting relatives when playing the Chicago White Sox in the last weekend of the 1978 season. Bostock's father, from Alabama, played in the Negro Leagues.