Ken played 15 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1969. There have been only two biographies written about him, both of which were published after his MVP season in 1964. These books–Guardian of the Hot Corner by Jack Zanger and Ken Boyer by David Lipman– were intended for children and teens rather than adult readers. I would like to write a book that encompasses his entire life, including his major-league managing and coaching stints with the Cardinals and his time spent managing in the minor leagues.
It will include chapters that follow his four seasons playing in the minors for the Lebanon Chix in the North Atlantic League (1949), the Hamilton Cardinals of the Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York (PONY) League (1950), the Omaha Cardinals of the Western Association (1951), and the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League (1954), as well as his season in the Cuban Winter League (1954-1955).
I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Ken’s hometown of Alba in southwest Missouri and interview members of his family, including three of his siblings and three of his four children. Among friends and teammates I’ve interviewed were Tim McCarver, Dick Groat, Tommy John, Solly Hemus, Bill Virdon, and Red Schoendienst.
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The publication date for Ken Boyer: All-Star, MVP, Captain is December 14, 2015. Click here to order your copy!