Be Brave, Cletus


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(November 29, 1966) New York Yankees veteran third baseman Clete Boyer was traded today to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Bill Robinson and a player to be named later.

The player to be named later turned out to be pitcher Chi-Chi Olivo.

Clete Boyer was the New York Yankees’ everyday third baseman for seven seasons before being traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1966. He had a career year with the Braves in 1967, hitting 26 home runs with 96 RBIs.

Boyer played eight seasons for the Yankees after being acquired from the Kansas City Athletics in 1957. He was the Yankees’ everyday third baseman starting in 1960 and had his best season in New York in 1962, when he batted .272 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs.

He would top that best season in his first year in a Braves uniform. In 1967, he batted .245, but put up career bests in home runs (26) and runs batted in (96).

A sterling defensive player, Boyer had to get out of the American League (and Brooks Robinson’s shadow) to win a Gold Glove. He did that in 1969 as a Brave.

Boyer would play five seasons with the Braves, who released him in 1971. After a short time in the minor leagues, Boyer would play four more years in Japan.

  1. Great player. His brother was Ken Boyer, an outstanding 3d baseman for the Cards in the later 50’s through the mid 60’s. Not as well known is that there was a third and older Boyer brother, Cloyd, who played 3-4 years in the early 50’s. I am sure there are other 3 brother combinations (the Alous) but i cannot think of them right now.

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