Written by by R.I. Lewis, CNN
Cloyd Boyer — an on-field first baseman in his sport’s brief moment in the sun, the last member of a legendary baseball trio to die — died Friday of natural causes in Arizona, his family said. He was 94.
Boyer was a third-generation ballplayer — his great-grandfather played baseball in Scotland, and his father played in the team’s old stadium. He only played for one team, for a short time in the 1940s.
Despite his limited career, he was a fan favorite at times, the last of a trio that included younger brothers Johnny and Bobby. Their feats surpassed Boyer’s as they became only the second set of three-brother baseball players in history.
Boyer twice won the NAIA Home Run Derby, marking just the second time in its history that a player took home the title.
He was inducted into the Detroit Athletic Club and the Ohio Athletic Club Hall of Fame, and he was named The American Baseball Coaches Association National Player of the Year in 1942.
An avid outdoorsman, Boyer often visited Yellowstone National Park, where he was on the “Mountains and Grizzlies” snowmobile tour with his sons.