Card: 1981 Topps #46
Richard Alan Bosetti (born August 5, 1953 in Redding, CA) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1976 to 1982 for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Oakland Athletics. He was named to the Topps 1978 All-Rookie Team.
Bosetti was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 7th round of the 1973 amateur draft and made his major league appearance on September 9, 1976. In 1979, He played in all 162 games for the Blue Jays, and in the same season led all AL outfielders in putouts, assists, and errors.
Despite a relatively short career in the big leagues, he has the odd distinction of having urinated in the outfield of every major league baseball stadium of his era, a goal he claims to have accomplished by playing in both the American and National League.
On all four of the teams he played for in his career, he was teammates with pitcher Tom Underwood. Bosetti was released by the Oakland Athletics on September 6, 1982, at which point he retired.
In his Letters from Home Plate response, Rick lists Mickey Mantle as his favorite player growing up, Mike Parrott as the toughest pitcher he ever faced, and Fenway Park as his favorite park to play in.
After his baseball career, he returned to his hometown of Redding and became involved in local business and politics. In 2006, he was elected to the Redding City Council, and Bosetti has also served as mayor of Redding. He coaches the Simpson University baseball team, and he unsuccessfully ran for the California State Assembly District 1 in 2012.
Rick is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Rick is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop
Rick is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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