Bolster your collection of baseball cards with a 1962 Topps Clete Boyer number 490 baseball card. Clete is one of three Boyer brothers who played professional ball, and the only one to play for the Yankees. Boyer’s older brother, Cloyd, had a brief career as a pitcher playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. His other older brother, Ken, played third base and hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Clete Boyer started his road to the majors in the minor leagues, as a player for the Kansas City Athletics. His status as a “bonus baby” gave him two solid seasons there, which lasted from 1955 to 1957. During this time, Boyer proved he was a multitalented player, easily handling positions at shortstop, second base, and third base. Although scouted by the Yankees while still in high school, the team had to pass on Boyer, because rules only allowed them to sign two bonus babies. They kept an eye on him, and subsequently made a trade in 1957 that sent Clete to New York’s minor league, where he stayed until 1959. In 1960, Boyer became an official member of the Major League New York Yankees ball club as a designated third baseman. Remaining with the Yankees throughout 1966, he distinguished himself as a solid baseball player during his time there. As a Yankee, he participated in the 1961 World Series game against the Cincinnati Reds. His teammates included Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, and Elston Howard. During this series, Boyer made two amazing defensive plays, helping his team win the championship that year. During his 1962 baseball season, he had 18 home runs with a .272 batting average. The Topps Clete Boyer card captures him in a batting pose, and the lower right corner features an interesting peel-back design that displays his name, team, and assigned number. Turn the card over to see a white card back with a tan border. On the right, there’s a brief biography, and on the left is an illustration depicting him and his brother. The bottom of the card back is devoted to stats. The Boyer brothers made history during the 1964 championship series when they both hit homers for opposing teams. Ken Boyer, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, hit a homer in the seventh inning, answering his brother’s homer in an earlier game. Boyer was traded to the Atlanta Braves of the National League in 1962, the same year his Yankees teammate, Bobby Richardson retired. His playing time with the Atlanta Braves ended in 1971, and he spent a few years playing in Japan before turning to coaching. Clete Boyer was nominated for inclusion into the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, the career of Gold Glove winner Brooks Robinson, made more of an impression on the committee, and Robinson won admission. Years later, Boyer opened a restaurant in Cooperstown, New York, naming special sandwiches after famous Yankees, keeping his and their memory alive for future generations.