Denny Doyle

Denny Doyle

Denny Doyle
Second baseman
Born: (1944-01-17) January 17, 1944
Glasgow, Kentucky
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1970 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1977 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 16
Runs batted in 237

Robert Dennis "Denny" Doyle (born January 17, 1944 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1970–1973), California Angels (1974–1975) and Boston Red Sox (1975–1977). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was considered a good-fielding second baseman but a weak hitter, finishing with a career batting average of .250 and 16 home runs. Doyle enjoyed his best season in 1975, when after being traded from the Angels to the Red Sox in June, he batted .310 in 89 games for the Red Sox, including a league-best 22 game hit streak. He was the starting second baseman for the Red Sox in the 1975 American League Championship Series and World Series.

Doyle has the distinction of having the only hit in three one-hitters in his career, getting the only hit, a lead-off single in the first inning, against Nolan Ryan of the New York Mets on April 18, 1970, and hitting a two-run home run in a game versus the Cincinnati Reds pitched by Gary Nolan on May 24, 1971. Then, on July 18, 1972, against the San Diego Padres, Doyle broke up Steve Arlin's bid for a no-hitter by singling with two out in the ninth inning. Padres manager Don Zimmer pulled in his third baseman to guard against the possible bunt. Doyle then placed a ball over the third baseman's head and Arlin's date with destiny was over. No pitcher has ever tossed a no-hitter in a Padre uniform; to date, this is the closest any has come to pitching one.

Doyle's major league career is perhaps best known for his role in the infamous Game Six of the [1] In a World Series that included five future Hall of Fame players, Doyle was the only player on either team to hit safely in all seven games.


Doyle attended Morehead State University and is the older brother of former New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics infielder Brian Doyle. He is currently the president of Doyle Baseball Camps, which he founded in 1978 along with his twin brothers Brian and Blake.[2] Amongst those who have attended their camps, over 40 players have gone on to make it to the Major Leagues.[3]


  1. ^ [1] Society for American Baseball Research: Denny Doyle
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  3. ^ Doyle Baseball Camps Website

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference