Ken Boyer

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Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 – September 7, 1982) was an American Major League Baseball third baseman and manager. During a 15-year baseball career, he played for 1955-1969 for four different teams, playing primarily for the St. Louis Cardinals. Winner of the National League MVP Award, he became the second player at his position to hit 250 career home runs, and retired with the third highest slugging average by a third baseman (.462). His 255 homers as a Cardinal rank second for right-handed hitters to Albert Pujols, and rank third in club history to teammate Stan Musial's 475. A five-time Gold Glove Award winner, he also led the NL in double plays five times and retired among the all-time leaders in games (6th, 1,785), assists (6th, 3,652) and double plays (3rd, 355) at third base.

A native of Alba, Missouri, Boyer was one of fourteen children, and two of his brothers also played in the major leagues: older brother Cloyd was a pitcher for the Cardinals in the early 1950s, and younger brother Clete (1937–2007) became a third baseman for the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Three other brothers played in the minor leagues.


<!-- Commented out: -->After signing with the Cardinals in , Boyer was initially tried as a pitcher, but hit the ball so well that the Cardinals shifted him to third base. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951–53, and joined the Cardinals after they traded Ray Jablonski following the 1954 season. He hit .264 with 62 runs batted......
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