Deane: Remembering Clete Boyer

From SABR member Bill Deane at WordPress on November 24, 2019:

This month is the 50th anniversary of Clete Boyer’s Gold Glove Award. Seems like a good excuse to dust off a talk I did at our local SABR chapter meeting following Boyer’s death in 2007:

Both Gene [Carney] and Jeff [Katz] asked me if I could do a talk tonight, and I said the best I could do is a few minutes about Clete Boyer. So here I am, batting third in the lineup.

As most of you know, Clete Boyer died last month, on June 4 – fifty years to the day after he was acquired by the Yankees to complete a 12-player trade with the Yanks’ farm team, the Kansas City A’s [a wink at Katz, author of the just-published The Kansas City A’s & The Wrong Half of the Yankees]. And as most of those of you who live in this area know, Clete had a visible presence here in the Cooperstown area over the past decade or two. Starting with a stint coaching for the nearby Summer Class A Yankees’ team, he lived in Oneonta, lent his name to a restaurant a few miles down State Highway 28 called Clete Boyer’s Hamburger Hall of Fame, and held regular autograph sessions at various local businesses. He could often be seen just sitting on a sidewalk bench right here on Main Street, Cooperstown, unrecognized by the thousands of baseball fans walking by.

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Originally published: November 25, 2019. Last Updated: November 25, 2019.