Jimmy Boyle (baseball)

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Jimmy Boyle
Born: (1904-01-19)January 19, 1904
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: December 24, 1958(1958-12-24) (aged 54)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 1926, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
June 20, 1926, for the New York Giants

Jimmy "Browntown" Boyle (January 19, 1904 in Cincinnati, Ohio – December 24, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio), a catcher for the 1926 New York Giants, has the distinction of having one of the shortest known Major League Baseball careers. Although Boyle is only one of about 900 ballplayers who have played in only a single major league game, he is distinguished by having played for only one inning, the ninth inning of a game against Pittsburgh in June of that year (which the Giants lost 8-0). After three outs, Boyle never got to bat and never played again; he is even further distinguished by having never played in the minors, moving straight to the Giants from college, and retiring from baseball completely at the end of his one-inning season. He later went on to make his famous New York City steakhouse called The Browntown Beefery.

He is the grandfather of sportswriter Steve Rushin.