Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.
Born: April 28, 1935 in Milwaukee, WI
MLB Debut: May 8, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: September 29, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Years with the Angels: 1962
Traded by the Milwaukee Braves to the Los Angeles Angels for Frank Leja on May 5, 1962.
Later traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, 1963 for a player to be named later. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Bob Duliba (April 8, 1963) to the Los Angeles Angels to complete the trade.
Entered the game in the 3rd for starter Eli Grba who had given up 7 runs on 5 hits and couldn't get an out in the inning. Botz then went 3 scoreless innings and struck out in his only plate appearance in an eventual 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, May 8, 1962 (N) at Chavez Ravine.
Had a 2-1 record with 2 saves and a 3.43 ERA in 63 innings as a reliever.
Autographed 1994 Big League Cards
Made his major league debut on May 8, 1962 against the Detroit Tigers, pitched three scoreless innings and struck out two batters, Bill Bruton and Al Kaline (who went 3 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI). Earned his first save on June 20 at Kansas City, and got his first win exactly one month later in a home game vs. the Cleveland Indians.
After Botz was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for relief pitcher Bob Duliba, he never again pitched in a major league game. He spent one more season in the minors before retiring.
Autographed Custom Index card