Kenny Boyer was the National League's top third baseman during the mid-1950's to the mid-1960's while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Boyer was selected to six consecutive All-Star games, earned five Gold Gloves, led all NL third basemen in double plays five times, tying a league record. As a hitter, Kenny Boyer hit 23 or more home runs and knocked in at least 90 runs for seven straight years. In 1956, his second year with the Cardinals, Boyer hit .306, 30 doubles, 26 home runs, scored 91 runs, 98 RBI's and made his first All-Star appearance. In 1959, he collected a 29 game hitting streak and the following year hit a career high 32 HR's.
In 1961, Boyer batted .329, 3rd highest in the NL, and was among the leaders in hits, triples and runs scored. As the Cardinals' team captain, he led the team to their first World Championship in two decades. He led the league with 119 RBI's and was voted the NL's 1964 Most Valuable Player. He was a star in the World Series with two home runs including a grand slam. In 1965, he developed back problems and the next season was traded to the Mets.
After he quit playing, Boyer managed the Cardinals in 1978-1980. The Cardinals retired his number 14 uniform in 1984. Ken Boyer's career: .287 BA, 2143 hits, 2034 games, 7455 at bats, 318 D's, 68 T's, 282 HR's, 1104 R's, 1141 RBI's and a .462 slg/pct.