Bob Boone
Boone in 2012
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1947-11-19) November 19, 1947 (age 76)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1972, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1990, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.254
Home runs105
Runs batted in826
Managerial record371–444
Winning %.455
As player
As manager
Career highlights and awards

Robert Raymond Boone (born November 19, 1947) is an American former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) who was a four-time All-Star.[1]

Born in San Diego, California, he is the son of MLB player Ray Boone, and he is the father of two major leaguers: Bret Boone and Aaron Boone. All four family members were named All-Stars during their careers.

Professional career

Philadelphia Phillies

Boone was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round (126th overall) of the 1969 amateur draft[1] after attending Stanford University where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He was brought to the majors in late 1972. While Boone never had excellent hitting numbers, he was an excellent defensive catcher, committing only eight errors and allowing only three passed balls in the 1977 season. Boone made the National League All-Star team three times in a Phillies uniform and helped the team win the 1980 World Series. In 1981, he batted .211/.279/.295.

In 2005, Boone was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.

California Angels

In 1982, the Phillies decided to trade the veteran catcher to the California Angels following an unproductive year from Boone and also as a possible retaliation for Boone's key role in leading the players in negotiations during the 1981 Major League Baseball strike. Boone rebounded by throwing out 21 of the first 34 steal attempts and helping the Angels to the AL West title. In 1983, he made his fourth and final All-Star appearance.

On September 30, 1984, Boone caught Mike Witt's perfect game.[2]

Kansas City Royals

As a free agent, Boone signed with the Kansas City Royals, but a broken finger in 1990 led to his retirement at age 42 following his shortened season, in which he batted .239/.336/.265.

Boone was a career .254/.315/.346 hitter with 1,838 hits, 105 home runs (HR) and 826 runs batted in (RBI), in 2,264 games. He was selected an All-Star in 1976, 1978–79, and 1983. Boone was one of the top defensive catchers of his era, winning seven Gold Glove awards. He caught 2,225 games in a 19-year big league career, a record that lasted for three years until Carlton Fisk passed him (the record currently is held by Iván Rodríguez, with 2,427). Boone caught 117 shutouts during his career, ranking him tied for 13th all-time in 2010 among major league catchers.[3]

Managerial career

In 1990, just after Boone retired as a player, a group trying to bring an MLB franchise to Orlando (called the Orlando SunRays) hired him to be its first manager.[4] The job was contingent on Orlando being awarded a National League franchise to begin play in 1993; the NL instead chose Miami and Denver.

Boone returned to the Royals in 1995 as the team's manager but was let go during the 1997 season after a third straight sub-.500 season. In 2001, he was hired to be the skipper of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Jack McKeon. However, after another two and a half sub-.500 seasons, the Reds replaced Boone with Ray Knight, on July 28, 2003.

Managerial record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
KC 1995 70 74 .486 2nd in AL Central
KC 1996 75 86 .466 5th in AL Central
KC 1997 36 46 .439 5th in AL Central (fired)
CIN 2001 66 96 .407 5th in NL Central
CIN 2002 78 84 .481 3rd in NL Central
CIN 2003 46 58 .442 5th in NL Central (fired)
Total 371 444 .455

Personal life

Bob and his family are descendants of American pioneer Daniel Boone.[5] Bob Boone and his wife, Susan Boone, have three sons. Two of his sons, Aaron Boone and Bret Boone, are former Major League Baseball players. Aaron Boone is currently the manager of the New York Yankees.[6] Bret's son Jake Boone is an infielder in the Washington Nationals minor league system.[7]

Bob Boone's extended family have been sportsmen. His mother, Patsy Boone, was a synchronized swimmer who swam with Esther Williams in the movies. His sister Terry Boone was a champion swimmer, and his brother Rod Boone[8] was a college baseball star who played Triple-A ball in the Astros and Royals organizations.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Bob Boone Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: California Angels 1, Texas Rangers 0". Retrosheet. September 30, 1984. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Catchers – Trivia December 2010 – Career Shutouts Caught". The Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers. December 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Boone Snags Manager's Job, Orlando Sentinel, September 14, 1990
  5. ^ "Answer Man: Aaron Boone talks television jobs, his famous family and cheap wine". Yahoo! Sports. 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Grodin, Dana Heiss (February 6, 2000). "Big-league dads, sons turn game into family business". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Washington Nationals' Instructional League roster includes 2020 Draft picks". 2 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Rod Boone Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Boone, Bret; Cook, Kevin (2016). Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball's First Family. Crown/Archetype. p. 12. ISBN 9781101904916. Retrieved October 26, 2019.

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