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Cloyd Boyer, of Latrobe Triple-A Baseball Dynasty, Dies at 94

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Dedicated family man, long-time scout and minor league manager, and last of a three-brother great baseball dynasty of the early 20th century, Cloyd Boyer of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, passed away January 19 at the age of 94.

Cloyd Boyer was the last of his three famed Triple-A baseball brothers to survive the major leagues. Long before the modern age of scouting, he would regularly make the trek to the Florida Marlins’ camp to scout future stars and work with teams to develop players of their highest caliber.

Cloyd and his brothers Willis and Sherman were all born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 9, 1924.

Beginning in 1944 with Scout Red Maple Junior High School, the Boyer brothers were influenced by legendary Latrobe University coach and coach J.S. Stevens, who did the same for the rest of the family.

The five Boyer brothers lived together in a house that stood on the corner of Andrew and Sherman streets in Latrobe before the family moved in with a traveling showman father to Harrisburg.

When Cloyd Boyer was 10 years old, his brother and hitting coach Willie Boyer led an Iowa farm team to a Negro League championship, beating the Kansas City Monarchs. The brothers watched the team from a friend’s apartment and were enchanted with the outcome.

Cloyd Boyer and his brothers idolized Willie and Willie’s brother George, who played on Negro League teams.

Willis Boyer also played for and coached the Latrobe club, but in 1939 he joined Major League Baseball as the fifth member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Willis led the St. Louis Browns to the World Series in 1960 and the Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series in 1971.

Sherman Boyer was a pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves from 1954 to 1985.

Cloyd, originally from Atlantic City, NJ, often found himself along with his brothers at baseball games and training camps. When Willie signed his last contract with the Cleveland Indians in 1965, Cloyd packed up his bags and joined him.

This same year, Cloyd was signed by the New York Yankees as a 13-year-old prospect to their system. Because the Yankees played home games in Tampa, Florida, Cloyd would travel to camp in Florida every year.

For years after that, Cloyd would make the trek to Florida more than three times a year and his determination continued throughout his career. Cloyd played professionally for 15 seasons. He had a 52-37 record in 514 games across eight major league organizations.

He is remembered as the last of the three Boyer Brothers in baseball, and is beloved by current baseball fans as the eighth oldest living living inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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