Bob Boone

As part of the most successful three generation family in baseball history, Bob Boone was an All-Star and Gold Glove Award-winning catcher who was known for his ability to call a game. After his playing career he managed parts of six seasons.

Though he was a below average offensive player, Boone was credited as being an integral part of the teams he played for, helping many of them reach the playoffs. In ten seasons in Philadelphia, Boone was behind the plate for five teams that made the post-season, including the 1980 World Champions. When he was acquired by the California Angels, Boone was a big reason that the Halos won two division titles in five seasons. At the age of 41 he caught 129 games and won a Gold Glove Award for the Kansas City Royals as the team inproved eight games and finished in second place.

“Nobody in the world can quarterback a pitching staff like Boone,” Gene Mauch said.

Connections

  • Boone’s sons Aaron Boone and Bret Boone were also All-Stars in the major leagues, meaning that all of the Boone’s (Bob and his father Ray Boone also) made the Midsummer Classic.