Buzz Boyle

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Biographical Information[edit]

Buzz Boyle was an outfielder who was a regular for the Brooklyn Dodgers for a couple years in the 1930s. In 1934, when he hit .305 with 10 triples, he was 16th in the MVP vote. He also enjoyed a 25-game hitting streak that year and led the league in assists as a right fielder. Buzz came up in 1929 and 1930 for cups of coffee with the Boston Braves before joining Brooklyn in 1933. His last year in the majors was in 1935 with dem Bums at age 27, when he hit .272 as an outfielder, but the team as a whole hit .277 (as did the league).

Boyle hit .316 on the great 1939 Kansas City Blues minor league team which won 107 games, and which featured Vince DiMaggio, Jerry Priddy, Phil Rizzuto, Sandy Vance, Tommy Holmes, and others. He managed two Yankees farm teams: the Akron Yankees in 1941 and the Norfolk Tars in 1942. In 1946 he managed the Muskegon Lassies in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1947, Boyle managed the Reds' Providence Chiefs farm team. After his on-field career ended, he was a Cincinnati Reds scout for 21 seasons (1948-1968). He tried to sign Don Zimmer, but the Reds would not offer as much money as the Dodgers, so Zimmer went with Brooklyn. Buzz later joined the Montreal Expos (1969-1972) and Kansas City Royals (1973-1974).

His brother, Jim, was in one game with the 1926 New York Giants. The brothers are two of only five major league players to come out of Xavier University.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1941 Akron Yankees Middle Atlantic League 77-48 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1942 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League 57-79 7th New York Yankees
1947 Providence Chiefs New England League 57-66 5th Cincinnati Reds

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