Jack Boyle

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Jack Boyle
Jack Boyle baseball card.jpg
Catcher / First baseman
Born: (1866-03-22)March 22, 1866
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: January 7, 1913(1913-01-07) (aged 46)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 8, 1886, for the Cincinnati Red Stockings
Last MLB appearance
August 16, 1898, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.253
Home runs23
Runs batted in569

John Anthony Boyle (March 22, 1866 – January 7, 1913), nicknamed "Honest Jack", was an American catcher and first baseman in Major League Baseball. His younger brother, Eddie Boyle, played in 1896.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Cincinnati,[2] Boyle began his professional baseball career in 1886, playing in one game for the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association.


On November 12, 1886, he was traded (along with $350) to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for Hugh Nicol.[3]

Jack caught only a couple of games until July 3.[citation needed] An injury to the regular catcher, Al "Doc" Bushong, gave him his opportunity.[citation needed] He caught 87 straight games[4] for the Browns using the old finger glove which preceded the protective mitt of the modern era.[citation needed]

Boyle accompanied Charles Comiskey to the Chicago Pirates of the Players' League team in 1890, but returned with him to St. Louis the following year.[4] In 1892 Jack signed with the New York Giants for a sum of $5,500.[citation needed] This was the largest salary ever paid to a major leaguer at this time.[citation needed]

After one season with New York, he was traded (with Jack Sharrott and cash) on March 11, 1893, to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Roger Connor.[3] There followed five years as a catcher for the Philadelphia club. On July 9, 1898, he was sold by Philadelphia to the Giants for $1000.[3] However, he did not play a single game for them and was returned to Philadelphia on August 15, 1898.[3]

He also served as an umpire in the National League (4 games) and American Association (1 game) between 1888 and 1897.[3]

Final years[edit]

He opened a saloon[4] in the Ohio River city on Seventh Street[citation needed] which grew into a successful business for him.[citation needed]

Boyle was 46 years of age when he died of Bright's Disease[citation needed] at his home[4] on Academy Avenue, Price Hill[citation needed] in Cincinnati. He was interred at the St. Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eddie Boyle". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  2. ^ a b "Jack Boyle Stats". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jack Boyle". Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  4. ^ a b c d "The Obit for Jack Boyle". TheDeadBallEra.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2006-11-24.

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