- SS, 2B, 3B, 1B
- July 27, 1923
- 172 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-03-1948 with CLE
Raymond Otis Boone (July 27, 1923 - October 17, 2004) Boone was born in San Diego, California was an American Major League Baseball player. He batted and threw right-handed.
The patriarch of one of baseball's most successful families, Ray Boone played 13 seasons in the majors, twice being named to the All-Star team. A versatile infielder who played a lot of third base, shortstop and first base, he also had power and on-base ability, finishing in the top ten in the league in OPS+ four times. In a thirteen-year career, he hit .275 with 151 home runs in 1373 games for Cleveland, the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Athletics, the Milwaukee Braves and the Boston Red Sox.
Originally a catcher, Boone was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1942 and made his minor league debut that summer. After missing 1943 through 1945 while serving in the military, he came back to baseball in 1946 and was converted to shortstop the next summer. On September 3, 1948, Boone was hitting .355 in the Texas League when Cleveland shortstop-manager Lou Boudreau was hurt. Boone, who had been converted from catcher to shortstop that year, was called up in time to earn a World Series share. Before long he forced Boudreau to switch to third base.
Boone had a powerful throwing arm, but bad knees and ankles limited his range. He led AL shortstops in errors in 1951. Traded to Detroit in an eight-player deal in 1953, Boone was moved to third base and went on to have one of his finest seasons at the plate, hitting .296 with 26 home runs and 114 RBIs while finishing eighth in MVP voting. He was an All-Star in 1954 and tied for the American League lead with 116 RBIs in 1955. He hit a career-best .308 and made the All-Star team for a second time the following summer. An extremely good clutch hitter while in Detroit, he was arguably one of the best overall Tiger third basemen of the past century, while sharing star-power with teammates Harvey Kuenn and Al Kaline.
Moved to first base in 1958, Boone was traded to the Chicago White Sox during that season. He finished his career with stints with the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, and Boston Red Sox.
Boone was blessed with a keen eye at the plate and was fairly difficult to strike out. He finished his career with a higher than average OBP of .361.
After his playing career, Boone was a long-time scout for the Boston Red Sox, signing Curt Schilling among othersand was well known as the leader of the local San Diego, California National Lumberjack Association chapter. In 1973, Boone was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing field.
Boone was the father of Bob Boone (and minor leaguer Rod Boone) and grandfather of Bret Boone and Aaron Boone (and minor leaguer Matt Boone). The Boone family is the only one in baseball history that has three generations who made an All-Star Game, played in the World Series, and hit 100 career home runs. Additionally, his daughter Terry was a swimmer who attempted to qualify for the 1968 Olympics.
Boone died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 81.
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