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Mike Boddicker Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

MIKE BODDICKER
Born: August 23, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 11" Weight: 172
First Game: October 4, 1980 ; Final Game: June 13, 1993
Awards and Achievements
Named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1983)
Named AL League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (1983)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1984)
Won AL Gold Glove as pitcher (1990)
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Mike Boddicker
This article was written by Bill Johnson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
After Hal Trosky retired in 1946, it was 30 years before his hometown, tiny Norway, Iowa, provided its second major leaguer in Bruce Kimm. But after Kimm exited the major leagues in 1980, the very next season marked the debut of Norway's third – and perhaps most successful – player, pitcher Michael James Boddicker.

Born on August 23, 1957, to Harold (called Bus by his friends and family) and Dolly Boddicker, Mike was raised in a family and a community in which excellence was the expected standard in baseball. He was the youngest of Bus and Dolly's five children, and followed elder brothers Butch and Robert onto Norway's community baseball field. Even older sister Sheryl, called Chick by anyone who knew her, and by a few who don't, existed in the baseball world, marrying Mike's high-school baseball coach, Jim Van Scoyoc. (Norway, with a population of only about 600, had astoundingly successful baseball teams. Before Norway High School was closed in 1991 and merged into a regional school district, its baseball team won 20 state titles competing with schools its size.)

"I don't think I was anything special in Norway," said Boddicker,[i] and perhaps not even in his own family. He told the Des Moines Register that his older brother Butch was a better player. "I really just wanted to pitch one day in the big leagues. All the way through the minors, there were always kids better than me as far as physical ability. I knew what I wanted to do –  and as long as I stayed healthy, learned and kept getting better – I had that chance."[ii] As a young player, Boddicker patterned himself after Norway star Dick McVay. McVay, a pitcher and third baseman, was the ace of the high-school team, and over one two-year stretch started more than 40 games without a loss. At only 5-feet-11, McVay's mix of normal stature and superhuman accomplishment inspired Mike.

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