This Week in 1960s Baseball
The player to be named later turned out to be pitcher Chi-Chi Olivo.
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.