Originally posted on Angelswin  |  Last updated 2/8/13
By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer   By 1977, Angels owner Gene Autry had committed to do whatever it took to produce a championship caliber club. In 1976 he had acquired Dan Baylor, Joe Rudi and Bobby Grich through free agency. Though weary of the process, Autry knew free agency was the fastest way to produce a winner and was prepared to take full advantage of it.             In the winter of 1977, the best free agent on the market was hard hitting outfielder from Minnesota, Lyman Bostock. As one of the best young talents in the game Autry ordered his general manager, Buzzie Bavasi, to look into it. A fine defensive center fielder, Bostock could hit, run and produce in the clutch. He had finished fourth in the league with a .323 average in 1976. His .336 the following season was second only to Twins teammate Rod Carew. Gene Mauch, Bostock's Minnesota manager, called Bostock the second-best hitter in all of baseball behind Carew. With Bavasi working out the logisti...
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