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Friday, September 24, 2021

Former MLB pitcher Cloyd Boyer dies

Former professional pitcher Cloyd Boyer died on Monday night at St. Luke’s Care Center in Carthage.

Services for Boyer is set at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Alba Christian Church. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home in Webb City.

Boyer, 94, was the oldest of seven Boyer baseball brothers from Alba, Mo. He was the 18th-oldest former major league player at the time of his death.

Boyer spent 48 years in professional baseball — first as a player and then as a major league pitching coach, minor league manager and scout. He served as pitching coach for the New York Yankees in 1975, the Atlanta Braves from 1978-81 and the Kansas City Royals from 1982-83.

He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 shortly after his graduation from Alba and made his major league debut with St. Louis just four years later.

Boyer pitched for the Cardinals from 1949-52 and then spent the next two years in the minor leagues. He joined the Kansas City Athletics for the 1955 campaign.

In total for his MLB career, Boyer had a 20-23 overall record with a 4.73 ERA while logging nearly 400 innings. The righty struck out 198 batters and had 48 starts in 111 appearances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2021 at 01:24 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: September 24, 2021 at 09:18 PM (#6041545)
Ken Boyer 62.8 WAR
Clete Boyer 27.6 WAR
Cloyd Boyer. .6 WAR

Mrs Boyer must have been very proud

   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 25, 2021 at 10:25 AM (#6041602)
There were four other Boyers, all of whom played in the minors:

Len was a third baseman, 1964-70, made to Class AA Arkansas.
Lynn was a first baseman, played 1954-56 in Class D.
Ron was a 3B and SS, 1962-69, made to Class AAA Syracuse.
Wayne was a pitcher, 1946-49, got as far as Class C. (Except for Wayne, all the Boyerses were primarily infielders; Ken was the only one who spent even one season in the outfield, and there wasn't a catcher in the bunch.)

For 27 consecutive years, between 1945 and 1971, at least one Boyer brother was playing pro baseball somewhere.
In 23 of those 27 seasons (all but 1945, 1952, 1953 and 1971), there were at least two playing.
There were at least three Boyers playing pro ball for 16 straight seasons, from 1954-69 (plus 1949!).
And in 1954, and again from 1964-69, there were four active ballplaying Boyers.

All told, the Boyers boys played 74 pro baseball seasons, including 35 in the majors. (1955 was the only season that saw three Boyers in MLB.)
   3. The Duke Posted: September 25, 2021 at 01:05 PM (#6041611)
And yet no one from the next two generations
   4. crict Posted: September 28, 2021 at 10:17 AM (#6042100)
Dave Boyer, Ken's son, played from 1974-78 in the Cards organization. Made it to AA. Played mostly 3B.
Mickey Boyer, Clete's son, played in 1984 in a Rookie League, in the A's organization. Also a 3B.

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