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Hunt and Peck: On this day 35 years ago Ken Boyer was fired

Between games of a double header, no less.

carpenter has a long way to catch boyer, but he is off to a good start
carpenter has a long way to catch boyer, but he is off to a good start
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In 1955 Ken Boyer played his first full season with the Cardinals hitting for a wRC+ of 91 and accumulating .9 wins above replacement in 147 games. That mediocre first season was no indication of what was yet to come, however. Boyer would go on to play ten more seasons with the Birds on the Bat, totaling 49.7 WAR during that time frame, his lowest WAR total in 1957 with 2.3, when he volunteered to play center to allow rookie Eddie Kasko to play his natural position of third base, his highest in 1961 with 7.1. Boyer's eleven years in the organization saw him average 4.6 WAR per season as a two-way player with excellent offense and defense, with five Gold Gloves to his name. In 1964, he helped lead the Cardinals to their first World Series title in eighteen years, hitting a grand slam  off Yankee pitcher Al Downing to power the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory in game four. That same year he won the MVP award. Many consider Boyer the best third baseman in Cardinals history.

On April  29, 1978 Gussie Busch fired current manager Vernon Rapp and announced Boyer would take over as manager of the Cardinals. After a fifth place finish in that 1978 campaign, a third place finish 1979, and a slow start to 1980, Busch decided to make another managerial move. On June 8, 1980 after dropping the first game of a double header against the Montreal Expos, Boyer was fired and replaced with Whitey Herzog. Boyer's final managerial record with the Redbirds was 166-190. He remained a part of the Cardinals organization as a scout until 1981 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died a year later on September 7, 1982 at the age of 52.

Read his interesting SABR biography here.

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