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 .
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
, Boyle began his professional baseball career in 1886, playing in one game for the Cincinnati Red Stockings
of the American Association
. A pitcher by the name of Bob Mitchell is credited with his discovery.
On November 12, 1886, he was traded (along with $350) to the St. Louis Browns
in exchange for Hugh Nicol
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
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