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Illinois native Harry Boyles spent five active seasons in professional baseball from 1936 to 1940.

The right-hander pitched in eleven games for the major league Chicago White Sox. Harry appeared in nine games late in the 1938 season for the White Sox and lost all four of his decisions, pitching 29 1/3 innings and ending the year with a 5.22 ERA. He was back with the Sox in 1939, again late in the year, appearing in two outings with no decisions but acquired a 10.80 ERA. This was the end of Boyles' major league run, finishing with the 0-4 record and a 5.79 ERA.

Boyles spent the rest of his five-year career in the minor leagues with six different clubs in four different leagues. Harry never had a winning season, although he hit the .500 mark on two occasions, going 12-12 with a 3.13 ERA for the Longview Cannibals of the class C East Texas League in 1938. He finished up in baseball in 1940, going 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA, for the Fort Worth Cats of the class A1 Texas League.

Harry left the game after the 1940 season with an overall minor league record of 41-67 while pitching 631 innings in 164 games. Not much is known about Boyles' life and times after baseball, with the exception that he lived to be 93 years old, passing away on January 7, 2005 in McAllen, TX.

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