Major Leaguer with Cassville roots dies

Friday, June 22, 2007

Few probably knew that the City of Cassville ever produced a Major League athlete, but Cletis Leroy Boyer was exactly that.

On Feb, 9, 1937, Boyer was born right here in Cassville. He was one of 14 brothers and sisters. His family lived in Alma for most of Cletis' life. Two of Boyer's brothers, Cloyd and Ken, also played professional baseball.

On Monday, June 4, 2007, Boyer passed away at the age of 70. Boyer is thought to be the only athlete from Cassville to ever have competed as a member of a Major League baseball team.

"Clete," as he was known, came up with the Kansas City Athletics back in the 1950s and also played for the Yankees and Braves. Boyer won one Golden Glove award and was often noted for his good defense at the third base position.

The deceased veteran played in five World Series (1960-1964), all with the Yankees.

"It was a great thrill to play for the Yankees," said Boyer in an interview in 2004, "The Yankee fans remember you all your life."

Boyer played in the "Bigs" for a total of 17 years, racking up 162 homeruns and a batting average of .242.

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