Kevin McCann is working on a biography of former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman/manager Ken Boyer and has set up a Kickstarter to fund the project. McCann is closing in on his goal of $2,500 but isn’t quite finished yet.
I’m writing this book as a gift to him and other Cardinals fans of the Fifties and Sixties who grew up watching him play. I’ve always wanted to write about the Cardinals, and I believe Ken Boyer’s story deserves to be shared with a new generation of baseball fans.
McCann has interviewed Boyer’s family and the book will take a look at Boyer’s career as a player, coach, minor league manager, and major league manager.
Why write a biographer of Boyer?
There hasn’t been one written about him in almost 50 years and never one that encompassed his entire life. Those that have been written–Guardian of the Hot Corner by Jack Zanger and Ken Boyer by David Lipman–were published in 1965 and intended for younger readers.
Why McCann needs your help is because working on a book can get expensive. In the long run, it’s a worthy cause as Boyer has never really had a biography done like Stan Musial and other notable players.
Researching, writing, and publishing a book is expensive. Funds acquired through this Kickstarter effort will go toward research expenses (photocopies, interlibrary loans, books, permission to reproduce photos) and travel expenses to St. Louis (gasoline, hotel room) for personal interviews with family members and former teammates
McCann has set next year as his goal for publication and it’s simple, really. It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Series Championship and Boyer’s National League MVP award.