The Boone Family has just concluded it’s third generation in Major League Baseball. It started with righty swinging 1B/3B/SS Ray Boone. Next up was his son, righty swinging catcher Bob Boone. Finally it was Bob’s two sons, righty swinging 2B Bret Boone and righty swinging 3B Aaron Boone. Here is a look at each one of them individually:
Ray Boone: Righty swinging infielder Ray Boone played in 1,373 games in his 13 years in the Major Leagues and he was 1,260 of 4,589 (.275 avg, .789 OPS) with 644 runs scored, 151 homers, 737 RBI and 22 stolen bases. He also walked more times (608) than he whiffed (463) in his Major League career! Bell was an All-Star in both 1954 and 1956 for the Detroit Tigers, but his best two years were in 1953 and 1955. Boone played in 135 games for the Indians and Tigers in 1953 and he was 147 of 497 (.296 avg, .909 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 26 homers, 114 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He finished 8th in the MVP voting in the A.L. in 1953. He played in 155 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1955 and he was 142 of 500 (.284 avg, .822 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 20 homers, an American League leading 116 RBI and 1 stolen base. Boone was 16th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award in 1955. Boone played for the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series (1948). He played in 1 game for the Indians in the 1948 World Series and he was 0 for 1 with a whiff. The Indians beat the Boston Braves in six games in the 1948 World Series!
Bob Boone: Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone wasn’t as good of a hitter as his papa was, but he was an outstanding defensive player! Boone played in 2,264 games in his 19 years in the show and he was 1,838 of 7,245 (.254 avg, .661 OPS) with 679 runs scored, 105 homers, 826 RBI and 38 stolen bases. Boone also walked more times (663) than he whiffed (608), just like his dad. Boone also played in 36 games in the post-season in his career and he was 33 of 106 (.311 avg, .740 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBI. In the 1980 World Series, his Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals in six games. Boone played in 6 games in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, 1.029 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBI. Boone’s best year came in 1978 for the Philadelphia Phillies. Boone played in 132 games for the Phillies in 1978 and he was 123 of 435 (.283 avg, .772 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 12 homers, 62 RBI and 2 stolen base. Boone was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and he finished #23 in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award in 1978! Boone was an All-Star four times in his Major League career and he won 7 Gold Glove Awards!
Bret Boone: Righty swinging 2B Bret Boone was the best hitter in the Boone family (so far)! Boone played in 1,780 games in his 14 years in the show and he was 1,775 of 6,683 (.266 avg, .767 OPS) with 927 runs scored, 252 homers, 1,021 RBI and 94 stolen bases. He walked 552 times while whiffing 1,295 times in his career in the show. Boone had an awesome run in Seattle from 2001-2003! He played in 472 games in those three years for the Seattle Mariners and he was 558 of 1,853 (.301 avg, .885 OPS) with 317 runs scored, 96 homers, 365 RBI and 33 stolen bases. Those were the only three years that Boone knocked in over 100 runs in a season! His best year by far came in 2001 for the Mariners. Boone played in 158 games for the Mariners in 2001 and he was 206 of 623 (.331 avg, .950 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 37 homers, a American League leading 141 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Boone was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and he finished #3 in the A.L. MVP voting in 2001 for the Mariners. Boone also played in 31 games in the post-season in his career in the show and he was 34 of 118 (.288 avg, .757 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Boone was an All-Star three times in his career. He also won four Gold Glove Awards and 2 Silver Slugger Awards in his Major League career.
Aaron Boone: Righty swinging 3B Aaron Boone played in 1,152 games in his 11 years in the show and he was 1,017 of 3,871 (.263 avg, .751 OPS) with 519 runs scored, 126 homers, 555 RBI and 107 stolen bases. Boone walked 303 times against 707 whiffs in the show! Boone was only an All-Star one time in the show, in 2003 when he played for the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees. Boone played in 160 games for the Reds and Yankees in 2003 and he was 158 of 592 (.267 avg, .780 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 24 homers, 96 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Boone also got his only post-season experience in 2003. He played in 17 games in the p0st-season for the Yankees in 2003 and he was 9 for 53 (.170 avg, .498 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBI and 2 stolen bases. The Yankees lost the 2003 World Series in six games to the Florida Marlins!
Boone Family: The Boone family has combined to play in 6,569 games in 58 years combined between them, and they are 5,890 of 22,388 (263 avg) with 2,769 runs scored, 634 homers, 3,139 RBI and 261 stolen bases! They also walked 2,126 times while whiffing 3,073 times! The Boone’s also played in 85 games in the post-season in which they were a combined 76 of 278 (.273 avg) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 29 RBI and 7 stolen bases! The Boone’s won the World Series in 1948 (Ray, Cleveland Indians) and in 1980 (Bob, Philadelphia Phillies)! All four of the Boone’s were an All-Star at least once in their careers with them playing in a combined 10 of them! They also won 11 Gold Gloves Awards and 2 Silver Slugger Awards between them. The Boone’s are one of the best families to play in three generations of Major League Baseball!