Ken Boyer Stats

Ken Boyer was born on Wednesday, May 20, 1931, in Liberty, Missouri. Boyer was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 12, 1955, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ken Boyer baseball stats page.

"Kenny Boyer was a pillar of strength in the Cardinal organization. It was kind of an understood thing that Kenny took care of the players coming into the organization. He took people under his wing -- it was kind of like a father image." - Hall of Fame Teammate Stan Musial in Ken Boyer Stands Tall on the Edge of the Hall (Raymond Mileur, 02/18/2003
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Autograph on a 1964 Topps Baseball Card (#160 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1964top01' title='1964 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Ken Boyer Autograph on a 1964 Topps Baseball Card (#160 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Kenton Lloyd Boyer
Nickname:
Cap or Captain or Ken or Kenny
Born On:
05-20-1931  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Liberty, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
09-07-1982 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
St. Louis, Missouri
Cemetery:
Friends Cemetery, Purcell, Missouri
High School:
Alba High School (Alba, MO)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
04-12-1955 (Age 23)
Last Game:
08-09-1969
Draft:
Not Applicable
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1955 24 Cardinals 147 530 78 140 27 2 18 0 62 37 5 67 1 5 1 6 .264 .311 .425
1956 25 Cardinals 150 595 91 182 30 2 26 1 98 38 7 65 2 3 1 18 .306 .347 .494
1957 26 Cardinals 142 544 79 144 18 3 19 0 62 44 8 77 4 5 1 11 .265 .318 .414
1958 27 Cardinals 150 570 101 175 21 9 23 2 90 49 8 53 1 8 3 15 .307 .360 .496
1959 28 Cardinals 149 563 86 174 18 5 28 1 94 67 7 77 0 1 2 7 .309 .384 .508
1960 29 Cardinals 151 552 95 168 26 10 32 0 97 56 10 77 0 4 4 13 .304 .370 .562
1961 30 Cardinals 153 589 109 194 26 11 24 1 95 68 9 91 0 5 1 11 .329 .397 .533
1962 31 Cardinals 160 611 92 178 27 5 24 0 98 75 7 104 2 2 1 15 .291 .369 .470
1963 32 Cardinals 159 617 86 176 28 2 24 0 111 70 10 90 0 4 2 20 .285 .358 .454
1964 33 Cardinals 162 628 100 185 30 10 24 2 119 70 12 85 0 4 2 22 .295 .365 .489
1965 34 Cardinals 144 535 71 139 18 2 13 0 75 57 3 73 4 7 1 16 .260 .328 .374
1966 35 Mets 136 496 62 132 28 2 14 0 61 30 5 64 1 7 0 15 .266 .304 .415
1967 36 Mets 56 166 17 39 7 2 3 0 13 26 3 22 0 2 0 6 .235 .335 .355
1967 36 White Sox 57 180 17 47 5 1 4 0 21 7 0 25 2 1 0 4 .261 .287 .367
1968 37 White Sox 10 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 2 .125 .160 .125
1968 37 Dodgers 83 221 20 60 7 2 6 0 41 16 3 34 0 5 1 2 .271 .317 .403
1969 38 Dodgers 25 34 0 7 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 7 0 0 0 2 .206 .250 .265
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
15 Years 2,034 7,455 1,104 2,143 318 68 282 7 1,141 713 97 1,017 17 63 20 185 .287 .349 .462
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1955 Cardinals 3B 139 114 3,257 396 2.8 377 124 253 19 24 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.13
1955 Cardinals SS 18 16 382 75 4.2 73 31 42 2 10 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.16
1956 Cardinals 3B 149 148 3,896 457 3.1 439 130 309 18 37 n/a n/a n/a .961 3.04
1957 Cardinals 3B 41 36 1,046 147 3.6 134 41 93 13 7 n/a n/a n/a .912 3.46
1957 Cardinals CF 105 102 2,657 283 2.7 281 279 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.86
1958 Cardinals 3B 144 144 3,831 526 3.7 506 156 350 20 41 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.57
1958 Cardinals CF 6 5 132 11 1.8 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1958 Cardinals SS 1 0 2 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.50
1959 Cardinals 3B 143 141 3,661 454 3.2 434 134 300 20 32 n/a n/a n/a .956 3.20
1959 Cardinals SS 12 6 159 21 1.8 19 9 10 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .905 3.23
1960 Cardinals 3B 146 144 3,814 459 3.1 440 140 300 19 37 n/a n/a n/a .959 3.11
1961 Cardinals 3B 153 153 4,052 487 3.2 463 117 346 24 23 n/a n/a n/a .951 3.09
1962 Cardinals 3B 160 160 4,294 498 3.1 476 158 318 22 34 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.99
1963 Cardinals 3B 159 159 4,258 456 2.9 422 129 293 34 23 n/a n/a n/a .925 2.68
1964 Cardinals 3B 162 162 4,314 492 3.0 468 131 337 24 30 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.93
1965 Cardinals 3B 143 139 3,754 375 2.6 363 113 250 12 18 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.61
1966 Mets 1B 2 1 36 14 7.0 14 12 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.50
1966 Mets 3B 130 125 3,262 426 3.3 405 113 292 21 33 n/a n/a n/a .951 3.35
1967 Mets 1B 8 5 144 55 6.9 55 52 3 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.31
1967 Mets 3B 44 43 1,093 117 2.7 111 27 84 6 7 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.74
1967 White Sox 1B 18 14 326 145 8.1 144 132 12 1 12 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.93
1967 White Sox 3B 33 32 790 93 2.8 89 22 67 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .957 3.04
1968 White Sox 1B 1 1 27 11 11.0 11 10 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.00
1968 White Sox 3B 5 4 104 10 2.0 9 2 7 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 2.34
1968 Dodgers 1B 32 32 730 259 8.1 256 245 11 3 25 n/a n/a n/a .988 9.47
1968 Dodgers 3B 34 20 633 90 2.6 83 30 53 7 4 n/a n/a n/a .922 3.54
1969 Dodgers 1B 4 4 93 34 8.5 33 31 2 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .971 9.58
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
3B Totals 1,785 1,724 46,059 5,483 3.1 5,219 1,567 3,652 264 355 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.06
CF Totals 111 107 2,789 294 2.6 292 290 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.83
1B Totals 65 57 1,356 518 8.0 513 482 31 5 50 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.21
SS Totals 31 22 543 97 3.1 93 41 52 4 11 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.62
15 Years 1,992 1,910 50,747 6,392 3.2 6,117 2,380 3,737 275 417 n/a n/a n/a .957 3.25
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1955 Cardinals 22 17 .564 1 3 n/a 29.4 7.9 8.5 - - -
1956 Cardinals 8 3 .727 1 0 n/a 22.9 9.2 6.1 - - -
1957 Cardinals 12 8 .600 1 2 n/a 28.6 7.1 8.8 - - -
1958 Cardinals 11 6 .647 1 0 n/a 24.8 10.8 6.3 - - -
1959 Cardinals 12 6 .667 1 0 n/a 20.1 7.3 6.0 - - -
1960 Cardinals 8 7 .533 5 1 n/a 17.3 7.2 5.7 - - -
1961 Cardinals 6 3 .667 0 0 n/a 24.5 6.5 6.2 - - -
1962 Cardinals 12 7 .632 0 0 n/a 25.5 5.9 6.2 - - -
1963 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 25.7 6.9 5.6 - - -
1964 Cardinals 3 5 .375 0 0 n/a 26.2 7.4 5.3 - - -
1965 Cardinals 2 7 .222 3 0 n/a 41.2 7.3 7.1 - - -
1966 Mets 4 3 .571 8 1 n/a 35.4 7.8 8.1 - - -
1967 Mets 2 1 .667 7 0 n/a 55.3 7.5 12.8 - - -
1967 White Sox 0 2 .000 11 0 n/a 45.0 7.2 8.6 - - -
1968 White Sox 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1968 Dodgers 2 2 .500 29 0 n/a 36.8 6.5 5.4 - - -
1969 Dodgers 0 0 .000 21 0 n/a 0.0 4.9 8.5 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
15 Years 105 77 .577 93 7 n/a 26.4 7.3 6.5 - - -
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1955 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined - -
1956 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined Stats -
1957 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined - -
1958 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined - -
1959 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined Stats -
1960 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined Stats -
1961 St. Louis Cardinals 14 Undetermined Stats -
1962 St. Louis Cardinals 14 $70,000.00 Stats -
1963 St. Louis Cardinals 14 $70,000.00 Stats -
1964 St. Louis Cardinals 14 $70,000.00 Stats Stats
1965 St. Louis Cardinals 14 $65,000.00 - -
1966 New York Mets 14 $65,000.00 - -
1967 New York Mets 14 $55,000.00 - -
1967 Chicago White Sox 14 "     " - -
1968 Chicago White Sox 14 $47,500.00 - -
1968 Los Angeles Dodgers 45 "     " - -
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 45 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Ken Boyer won not only the first Gold Glove Award by a Cardinals third baseman, but the first Gold Glove ever given to a Cardinal at any position? Rawlings began awarding Gold Gloves in 1957, to one player from each league at each position who they considered the best fielder, no player from St. Louis won that year. In 1958, a player from each league was selected and Ken was the only Cardinal to win that season - and the first National League (NL) third baseman to ever win a Gold Glove ) .

Ken Boyer was an incredibly solid third baseman, finishing top five in fielding percentage and putouts across nine years, assists and double plays across ten years. His five NL Gold Gloves at Third Base was not surpassed until Mike Schmidt captured his sixth in 1981, eventually putting ten in his awards cabinet.

Ken Boyer Gold Glove Awards
Ken Boyer | Gold Glove Awards | AP Photo | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac
There have been more than 350 sets of brothers [ Brothers in Baseball (A - J) / Brothers in Baseball (J - Z) ] who played Major League Baseball. Only six-pairs have each had more than 100 combined home runs, they appear below (note set #5 is active and their totals are still changing):

Big League Brothers With 100+ Combined Home Runs

Rank Quantity

Brother Duo

#1 486 Joe DiMaggio & Vince DiMaggio
#2 444 Ken Boyer & Clete Boyer
#3 378 Bret Boone & Aaron Boone
#4 322 Roberto Alomar & Sandy Alomar, Jr.
#5 315 Melvin Upton & Justin Upton
#6 262 Bob Meusel & Irish Meusel

On June 16, 1964 , Ken Boyer hit a single in the second inning, a double in the third inning, a triple in the fifth inning, and a home run in the seventh inning, completing his second career cycle . This one, however, was a " natural cycle " where each of the required stats was hit in order (single, double, triple, homer), the first natural cycle by a St. Louis Cardinal .

Last-Modified: March 9, 2019 8:09 AM EST

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