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Bob Boone

Bob Boone

Position(s):
C, 3B, 1B, LF, OF, DH
Born:
November 19, 1947
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
195 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-10-1972 with PHI
Allstar Selections:
1978 GG, 1979 GG, 1982 GG, 1986 GG, 1987 GG, 1988 GG, 1989 GG

Intro

A member of a three-generation baseball family, Bob Boone was an excellent defensive catcher who lasted 19 seasons and caught more than 2,200 games. He handled the pitching staffs of seven teams that made it to the post-season, and won Gold Gloves in both leagues. His sons Aaron and Bret became stars during the 1990s and 2000s.

Unform Number

#40 (1972), #8 (1973-1990)

Minor Leages

Boone was signed by the Alaska Goldpanners as an 18-year old freshman out of Stanford University. The son of former major leaguer Ray Boone, he batted .382 his first summer with the Panners, then followed with averages of .346 in 1967, and a record-setting .405 mark his final year. Almost his entire career with the Goldpanners was spent as a third baseman. His teammates and manager remember that "Boone could get mad - but would never lose his temper. He spoke respectfully to people and never traded on his father's name... he participated in Alaska." Boone was selected the greatest Goldpanner player of them all from a list of similarly outstanding players who performed with the Goldpanners over the years. Alaska alumni included Dave Roberts, Dave Winfield, and Graig Nettles.

Replaced By

Mike "Spanky" Macfarlane, who took over behind the plate for the Royals during Boone's final season as a player, in 1990.

Best Season

A four-time All-Star, Boone's best season came with the Phillies in 1978. At the age of 30, he batted .283 with a career high 12 homers and 62 RBI. He caught 129 games and led the league in fielding. His other fine seasons included 1977, 1983, and 1988.

Factoid 1

In 1996, as manager of the Royals, Bob Boone used 152 different starting lineups in 162 games.

Transition

June 5, 1969: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 6th round of the 1969 amateur draft; December 6, 1981: Purchased by the California Angels from the Philadelphia Phillies; November 12, 1986: Granted Free Agency; May 1, 1987: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels; October 24, 1988: Granted Free Agency; November 30, 1988: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals; November 5, 1990: Granted Free Agency.

Strengths

Calling a game and handling the pitching staff.

Weaknesses

Lack of extra-base power.

Milestones

On September 16, 1987, Boone caught in his 1,919th game, breaking Al Lopez's major league record... Boone caught his 2,000th game on July 15, 1988.

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