The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

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by Lew Freedman
     
 

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This the story of the seven baseball-playing Boyer brothers from western Missouri who signed professional contracts in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Led by oldest brother Cloyd, a pitcher, third baseman Ken and third baseman Clete, three of the seven brothers reached the majors. This book recounts their hardscrabble upbringing and how they fought their way to success

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This the story of the seven baseball-playing Boyer brothers from western Missouri who signed professional contracts in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Led by oldest brother Cloyd, a pitcher, third baseman Ken and third baseman Clete, three of the seven brothers reached the majors. This book recounts their hardscrabble upbringing and how they fought their way to success.

Initially discouraged by arm injuries that curtailed his big-league career, Cloyd became a coach and manager at the minor and major league levels, and remained in the game for nearly half a century. The most accomplished, Ken, became a perennial National League All-Star, and was the 1964 Most Valuable Player. In the 1960s, he was the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, and after his playing days ended he returned to manage the team. Clete gained prominence as a regular for the American League champion New York Yankees, and competed in five World Series before starring in the National League and concluding his career in Japan. While they did not make it to the top, the other four brothers enrich the story with their own baseball histories, and help illustrate how the closeness of the family helped each of them succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786470990
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/20/2015
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
523,124
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Lew Freedman has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer and won more than 250 journalism awards. The author of more than 60 books, he lives in Columbus, Indiana.

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The Boyer Brothers of Baseball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. I had grown up in Springfield, Missouri not far from the Boyers. I was a Cardinal fan so I always kept up with Ken's performance in baseball. Also, met Clete and one of his sons at an autograph signing in the Memphis, Tennessee area in the 1990's.