March 22, 1866|
|Died: January 7, 1913
|October 8, 1886, for the Cincinnati Red Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 16, 1898, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs Batted In||569|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
Jack caught only a couple of games until July 3. An injury to the regular catcher, Al "Doc" Bushong, gave him his opportunity. He caught 87 straight games for the Browns using the old finger glove which preceded the protective mitt of the modern era.
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. In 1892 Jack signed with the New York Giants for a sum of $5,500. This was the largest salary ever paid to a major leaguer at this time.
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. 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. However, he did not play a single game for them and was returned to Philadelphia on August 15, 1898.
Boyle was 46 years of age when he died of Bright's Disease at his home on Academy Avenue, Price Hill in Cincinnati. He was interred at the St. Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati.