Larry “Bobo” Osborne, first baseman for the 1963 Senators, passed away Friday at the age of 75. He’d been a scout for the San Francisco Giants for the past 19 years.
Osborne, a lefty swinger, had 10 home runs through June 6 of ‘63, but hit only two more for the season, and none after July 15. For the season, he hit .212 with 12 home runs, 14 doubles, and 44 RBIs on a team that finished with the worst record in the American League. It was also Osborne’s final appearance in the major leagues. He’d play through the 1969 season in the minors.
For his career - including parts of five earlier seasons with Detroit - Osborne batted .206 with 17 home runs and 86 RBIs. Washington acquired Osborne from the Tigers for outfielder Wayne Comer, who would later return to the Senators in 1970.
Osborne was the the third, and last, Washington player to be known as “Bobo,” following pitcher Louis “Bobo” Newsom and outfielder Karl “Bobo” Olson.