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Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer

Position(s):
3B, SS, CF, OF, 1B
Born:
May 20, 1931
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-12-1955 with SLN
Allstar Selections:
1958 GG, 1959 GG, 1960 GG, 1961 GG, 1963 GG, 1964 LG, 1964 ML, 1964 MVP

Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer

One of the finest third basemen of the 1950s and 1960s, Ken Boyer was a seven-time All-Star, won five Gold Gloves, and captured the 1964 NL Most Valuable Player Award. Though contemporary Ron Santo receives more Hall of Fame support from fans and the Veterans Committee, Boyer actually received more MVP votes during his career than Santo did.

Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
2034 7455 2143 1104 282 1141 105 .287 .462 .349 .810 117.0

Teams Ken Boyer Managed

St. Louis Cardinals (1978-1980)

 

Where does Ken Boyer rank among baseball greats?

Ken Boyer ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 3B.

Born
Kenton Lloyd Boyer was born on May 20, 1931, in Liberty, MO.

 

Died
September 7, 1982, St.Louis, MO

 


 

Major League Debut
4 12,1955

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1955
Brooks Robinson
Roberto Clemente
Ken Boyer
Rocky Colavito
Clete Boyer
Elston Howard
Sandy Koufax
Jim Bunning
Bill Virdon

Family Tree
Ken's younger brother Clete actually debuted in the big leagues at the same time, in 1955. Clete was an excellent infielder with good range, quick feet, sure hands, and a strong arm. He won a Gold Glove at third base and faced Ken in the 1964 World Series, playing for the Yankees.

Similar Players
Offensively, Bobby Bonilla. Defensively, Graig Nettles.

 

Related Players
Ron Santo, Clete Boyer


 

Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1975 BBWAA 9 2.5%
1976 BBWAA 15 3.9%
1977 BBWAA 14 3.7%
1978 BBWAA 18 4.7%
1979 BBWAA 20 4.6%
1985 BBWAA 68 17.2%
1986 BBWAA 95 22.4%
1987 BBWAA 96 23.2%
1988 BBWAA 109 25.5%
1989 BBWAA 62 13.9%
1990 BBWAA 78 17.6%
1991 BBWAA 58 13.1%
1992 BBWAA 71 16.5%
1993 BBWAA 69 16.3%
1994 BBWAA 54 11.9%

 

Post-Season Appearances
1964 World Series

 

Awards and Honors
1958 NL Gold Glove
1959 NL Gold Glove
1960 NL Gold Glove
1961 NL Gold Glove
1963 NL Gold Glove
1964 NL MVP

 

Batting Feats

  • September 14, 1961: Cycle...

  • June 16, 1964: Cycle...

Hitting Streaks
29 games (1959)
15 games (1961)

All-Star Selections
1956 NL
1959 NL
1960 NL
1961 NL
1962 NL
1963 NL
1964 NL

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