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Information about the Boone family...
|The boys' father, Bob Boone, has just been named team Manager for the Cincinnati Reds organization, and was a major league catcher for 19 years. Bob is the 2nd generation of Boones to have started in World Series game; and (so far!) is the second Boone to earn a World Series ring. A picture of young Bret with his dad:|
|Their grandfather, Ray Boone, was an All-Star infielder during a 13-year big league career from 1948-60. Ray was the 1st generation of Boones to start in a World Series game and earn a World Series ring.|
The 'scoop' on Bret:
|Bret (our *Major League Cutie!*) is married. (*boo-hoo!*) His wife's name is Suzi. They have two children - one daughter, Savannah (B/D - 4/3/96) and one son, Jacob Bret (B/D - 3/23/99). Their residence is currently listed as Isleworth, (a suburb of Orlando,) Florida.|
|As a senior at El Dorado High School in Placentia, CA in 1987, Bret hit a cool .500 with 9 doubles, 31 RBI and a WHOPPING .924 slugging percentage! He set school records for home runs in a season (10) and career (18). (Check out the Alumni Baseball Stars page at the El Dorado website for an adorable pic of Bret from his high school days!!) He earned All-CIF 4-A, three-time All-Empire League first team, California North-South All-Star and Orange County All-Star honors. His team reached the CIF 4-A semifinals two years in a row. He played for the San Pedro, CA Connie Mack team that won the Connie Mack World Series in the summer of 1987. Picture at left is taken from Bret's 1988 Alaska Goldpanner's team card. (Thanks, Dave!!)|
|Bret then attended the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Communications. In 1988 he was one of the top freshman players in the country, earning Baseball America's All-Freshman first team honors. He hit .326 with 8 HR, 53 RBI, 21 doubles and 4 triples, and was one of only two Trojans players to start every game (the other was catcher Jim Campanis), racking up 9-, 8- and 7-game hitting streaks. He started all but the final game of the year at second base.|
As a sophomore in 1989, Bret was named a Baseball America preseason All-American. He hit .237 overall and .354 with men in scoring position. Bret tied for team high marks with 9 HR and 62 runs scored. Bret set team best marks with 57 RBI, 20 doubles, 5 triples and 50 BB. He racked up 8-, 8- and 5-game hitting streaks, and also earned SW Louisiana Classic all-tournament honors. He played for the 1989 USA Senior National team during the summer of 1989. (Team USA? I need to check into that one.)
Bret was again named a Baseball America preseason All-American as a junior in 1990. I will post his stats from 1990 after further research. Until then, enjoy this pic of him in Trojans unie. (*Bret Robert 'Jose Canseco' Boone* he is in this pic... *oh, I need air*...) And check out the LONG HAIR... (LOL!!) After spending only three seasons with the Trojans - and even now, ten years later - Bret still holds upper-echelon rankings in several all-time USC individual career records for baseball. Click here to see for yourself.
Did you know...
|Bret says his favorite movies are "Dances With Wolves", "Jerry Maguire" and "Forrest Gump"?||Bret played a cop (cameo role)|
in the movie "Fast Money"?
|Bret talks about someday owning thoroughbred racehorses?|
|Bret has braces on his teeth?||Bret is featured in all the Playstation|
baseball video games?
|Bret loves to play golf (and|
he's quite good at it)?
|Bret's sign is Aries?||Bret has a curious obsession with|
the TV show "Beverly Hills 90210"
(but he swears he hates it)?
|Bret's favorite candy: Kit Kat;|
favorite fast food: Jack in the Box;
favorite midnight snack: peanut butter toast;
favorite super hero: Underdog
|Bret started walking at age 6 months, and is reported to have been jumping off diving boards at age 1 year?||According to his dad, Bret's|
first word was "ball"?
Bret making baseball history:
|For his 1998 season, talented Bret won the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award of his career, making he and his father the second father-son tandem in baseball history to win the award (after Bobby and Barry Bonds). Bret also appeared in his first Major League All-Star game. (Hall of Famer Joe Morgan is the only second baseman in the Reds' franchise history to surpass Bret's single-season ['98] HR and RBI totals.)|
|In the Cincinnati vs Montreal game (played on 14 August 1998), Bret & Aaron Boone and Wilton & Vladimir Guerrero became the first sets of brothers to oppose each other since Milwaukee's Henry & Tommy Aaron faced San Francisco's Felipe & Matty Alou in 1963. A pic of Bret from the 8/14/98 game:|
|Then in the Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh game (played on 27 September 1998), teammates Bret & Aaron Boone and Barry & Stephen Larkin made baseball history as the Reds' starting infield. The Boones and Larkins became the first sets of brothers ever to appear for the same Major League team in the same regular-season game. A pic of Aaron from the 9/27/98 game:|
|On 23 October 1999, Bret became the first third-generation player to start in a World Series game. During Game 3 of the 1999 WS (played on 26 Oct.), Bret tied the all-time World Series record for doubles, by hitting his 2nd, 3rd and 4th series doubles off Andy Pettite. A pic of a *glum moment* from the 1999 WS:|
The 'scoop' on Aaron:
As a senior at Villa Park High School in Orange, CA in 1991, Aaron hit .430 with 22 stolen bases and was named his team's Most Valuable Player and captain. He was named to the 1991 All-CIF 4-A third team and the All-Orange County second team. He was named "Hustler of the Game" at the 1991 Orange County All-Star game. A two-time All-Century League selection, he was the conference's Co-Player of the Year in 1991.
Aaron then attended the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Business. As a freshman in 1992, he hit .272 with 13 doubles (tied for second on the team), 25 RBI (including 7 game-winners) and a team high 3 triples, racking up 6-, 6- and 5-game hitting streaks.
As a sophomore in 1993, Aaron hit .286 with 5 HR and 39 RBI. He led the team with 4 triples and 7 sacrifice flies. He missed three games with a sprained ankle midway through the season, but returned to the starting lineup with a bang: in the final 41 games of the season he hit .304 with 16 doubles, and it was during that period he hit all 4 triples and 5 HR for the season. He was selected the All-Tournament third baseman at the Central II Regional in Austin, TX, where he was USC's leading hitter in the series (.353). He had USC's best single-game performance in 1993 in the league opener against Arizona, going 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored, a double, triple and 3 RBI, and his eighth-inning double with the bases loaded and no outs was the game-winning hit that put the Trojans ahead for good.
As a junior in 1994, Aaron was selected to Baseball America's preseason All-American second team. His USC career batting average was .308 in three seasons for the Trojans, and he holds upper-echelon rankings in several all-time USC individual career records for baseball. (But I must point out that Bret has MORE!!! HA!) Click here to see for yourself.
The 'scoop' on Matt:
Matt also graduated from Villa Park High School. He was selected for the Detroit Tigers' farm program in the third round of the June 1997 draft; and was named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star team in 1998.
Yup, I have pitifully little info. about the Mysterious Matthew Boone. (Which is what I'm going to call him until he stops lurking in the shadows!!) Does anybody out there know ANYTHING about Matt?? HELP ME, PLEASE!!! (The Lakeland Tigers' website stinks, if I do say so myself, which is why I waited so long to add the link from this site. The 2000 season is long-since OVER, and they STILL haven't posted info. about their 2000 team!! GIMME A BREAK!! Even I'M not THAT bad... LOL)
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More Pics of Bret
|This one is my favorite...|
|Waiting to bat in BP||Home run||Bret in Braves uniform|