Monday, October 18, 2021

Cloyd Boyer, last of baseball’s triplets, dies aged 94

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boyer at his home in Warwickshire in 2008

Cloyd Boyer, the last of the extremely rare breed of three-brother baseball players who starred in the 1940s, has died aged 94.

He was the oldest surviving Hall of Fame inductee in baseball and remains the only one from this province – and the last from the last generation of nine.

British-born Boyer played in Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox (with his brother Pete) to success.

The three-generation baseball unit was at its peak in 1940 when Boyer played eight games for Boston.

Boyer first travelled with his brother Pete, his former coach at the University of Portsmouth, in 1934 where he also helped to train future New York Yankees superstar Babe Ruth and received training from his friend Bill Backer, father of the current New York Mets manager Mickey.

In 1937, Boyer signed to play for the Milwaukee Braves, in 1941 the Mets and in 1943 the Phillies.

He also spent time with the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies – in those days, they counted as nine players, meaning he had a chance to play with his brothers in a team competition.

Boyer was the last member of that illustrious family – a feat he never claimed as his own, and the first to point out that he deserved more accolades for his time on the diamond than what he received.

But the value of his relationship with his brothers – and his leadership as the brains behind some of the finest hitting in baseball history – must have been hard to be denied, even by baseball’s rating system.

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