A product of the University of Alabama, Boone hit well in several trials in the majors,
but his lack of speed handicapped him in the field and on the bases. He had a career
BA of .370 in the minor leagues, and in 1929 (over the course of 198 games in the
Pacific Coast League), he set an organized baseball record with 553 total bases while
batting .407 with 55 homers and 218 RBI.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 30, 1930:
Brooklyn, in need of an OF, buys Ike Boone from the San Francisco Missions (PCL) where he was hitting .448 through 83 games. In 1929 Boone compiled an all-time
record of 553 total bases while hitting 55 homers and batting .407. Boone wasn't even Brooklyn's first choice; the Robins preferred another PCL batting star, Buzz Arlett, who had his eye injured in a postgame fight with umpire Chet Chadbourne, who slugged the Oakland OF with his mask.