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Danny Doyle

Howard James Doyle
Born: Jan. 24, 1917 in McLoud, Okla.
Died: Dec. 14, 2004 in Stillwater, Okla.
Debut: 1943 | Pos: C
H: 6’1″ | W: 195 | B: B | T: R

1 13 43 2 9 0 6 0 .209

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Danny Doyle, who played briefly for the Red Sox in 1943 and went on to a successful career as a major league scout, died on Dec. 14, 2004.

In 13 games with Boston in 1943, Doyle, a catcher, hit .209 in 43 at-bats and drove in six runs.

He graduated from Dale High School and attended Okalahoma State University where, according to his obituary, he earned seven letters — four in basketball and three in baseball.

He served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 and received a service-related disability that would keep him from playing again.

He returned to Oklahoma State after his playing career ended and was an assistant coach before become the basketball and baseball coach at Auburn University from 1948-49.

In 1949, Doyle became a scout for the Red Sox and his signings included Roger Clemens.

Recently, he was part of a Sporting News article (published May 12, 2003) that looked at Clemen’s career as he neared 300 wins.

“Clemens was big, strong and already had big-league stuff, but a lot of my scout friends said they wouldn’t take him high in the draft,” Doyle wrote.

Some of his other signings included Jim Lonborg and Ellis Burks.  According to his obituary, he was named MLB’s National Scout of the Year in 1988.

He is a member of the Oklahoma State University Baseball Hall of Fame.

Source: Stillwater News Obituary (12/20/2004)