Boyer was one of baseball’s finest all-around third basemen. He was also a coach and manager in major league baseball who played from 1955 to 1969 for four teams, primarily the St. Louis Cardinals. The captain of the Cardinals from 1959 to 1965, he was named the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player in 1964 after topping the league in runs batted in and leading the team to the World Series title. Named to the NL All-Star team seven times, he batted over .300 five times and became the second player at his position to hit 250 career home runs, retiring with the third highest slugging average by a third baseman (.462). He also remains the only Cardinal since 1900 to hit for the cycle twice.
His 255 homers as a Cardinal placed him behind only teammate Stan Musial’s 475 at the time; he held the team record for a right-handed hitter from 1962 until Albert Pujols passed him in 2007. A five-time Gold Glove Award winner, he also led the NL in double plays five times and retired among the all-time leaders in games (6th, 1,785), assists (6th, 3,652) and double plays (3rd, 355) at third base. The Cardinals inducted Boyer into the team Hall of Fame in 2014.