Former Yankee Clete Boyers dies at 70

June 5, 2007 at 11:47 AM
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ATLANTA, June 5 (UPI) -- Clete Boyer, a third baseman who played 16 seasons in the major leagues and helped the New York Yankees to two World Series titles, has died at the age of 70.

Boyer died Monday after suffering a stroke in Atlanta.

Boyer, known as an acrobatic and excellent defensive third baseman, was part of the Yankees dynasty that went to five consecutive World Series (1960-64). New York won the World Series in 1961 and 1962.

He hit .242 with 162 home runs and 654 runs batted in over 1,725 games in the major leagues but was best known for his defensive abilities. He won only one Gold Glove -- in 1969 while with Atlanta -- because Baltimore third baseman Brooks Robinson was a contemporary. In addition to his time with the Yankees and Braves, Boyer also played for the Kansas City Athletics.

The native of Cassville, Mo., was one of three brothers to make it to the major leagues. Ken and Cloyd Boyer both played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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