PHILADELPHIA — Cloyd Boyer, the last of a three-brother baseball dynasty, died Thursday night at age 94, the Phillies announced.
His brother, Cecil, played at Louisiana State University and the New York Giants, and their older brother, Arnold, was a power hitter at Kentucky.
“I don’t know if there are any more three-brother stars in baseball than the Boyer brothers,” then-Philadelphia and Chicago Cubs manager Bill Mazeroski once said, according to a 2007 report on MLB.com. “It’s a little bit harder for me to do it.”
The brothers’ athletic careers overlapped at Kentucky, where they won the school’s first back-to-back national championships in 1951 and 1952.
According to the Georgetown Courier-Journal, Cecil Boyer, who died last year at age 94, was briefly the unquestioned best player in basketball at LSU, but his athletic acclaim was eclipsed by his baseball fame, a sterling career that began at LSU (10 appearances in the World Series, including one in 1948) and continued for the Giants (41 consecutive seasons in the big leagues until he left in 1972).
Arnold Boyer, known as the Big Mule, first broke into the big leagues in 1948 and played in 10 World Series with the Giants (1951, ’54, ’57, ’58, ’59, ’60, ’61, ’62) and Phillies (’59, ’60).
Cecil Boyer, who played for the Giants from 1951 through ’61 and again for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1971 until his retirement in 1974, was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
“When I started playing ball, I knew I was going to play the big leagues. That was a given,” Arnold Boyer said in 2008, according to the Courier-Journal. “I never doubted that I was going to play. I was going to be one of the top players in the big leagues.”