Bob Boone (1973, catcher, ROY voting: 3rd)
Boone has a very successful 19-year playing career which included four All-Star appearances and seven Gold Glove awards. It all began with a 16 games with the Phillies in 1972 in which Boone hit .274 with a home run and four RBI. Maintaining his rookie status for 1973, Boone played in 145 games, batting .261 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs, 61 RBI and only 36 strikeouts in 521 at-bats. Defensively, he threw out 47 percent of would be base stealers and had a .990 fielding percentage. Boone’s efforts earned him third place in Rookie of the Year voting.
He made his first of three All-Star appearances in a Phillies uniform in 1976, hitting .271 with 54 RBI. Boone had his best three year stretch offensively from 1977 through 1979, averaging 11 home runs, 62 RBI and .285 batting average. He also earned two Gold Gloves during that stretch.
Boone was behind the plate for the Phillies first World Series championship in 1980 and played with the team through the 1981 season. He spent the next six seasons with the Angels, selected to the All-Star team in 1983 and three consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1986-1988.
He finished his career with the Royals, still starting at the age of 41 in 1989. He played well enough defensively to earn his final Gold Glove award. Boone retired following the 1990 season, batting .239 in 40 games.
Boone retired with a .259 average with 65 home runs in 1125 games in a Phillies uniform. In 19 seasons, he appeared in 2264 games, hitting .254 with 1838 hits, 105 home runs and 826 RBI. He ranks third in Major League history in games caught with 2225, trailing only Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk.