Happy Birthday to My Boyhood Hero, Ken Boyer


He played third base for the Cardinals. 11-time All-Star, 5-time Gold Glover. His first major league hit was a 2-run homer against the Cubs. He was the 1964 MVP and he hit a grand slam home run in Game 4 of the `64 Series off the Yankees’ Al Downing to win the game and probably change the course of the Series in the Cardinals’ favor (read David Halberstam’s great “October, 1964” for a detailed account).

He lived just down the street from my grandmother. I played with his son, David, but had great difficulty speaking in his presence. More than anything else, I wanted a Rawlings “six-finger” glove like he used for my birthday. Never got it. Never forgotten not getting it.

He was a complete professional..



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