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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
New York Tribune, February 1, 1912:
Doyle died 100 years ago today.
His was a really improbable, if brief, success story. The Cubs’ third baseman, Harry Steinfeldt, held out to start the 1911 season. In response, Frank Chance (completely rationally) waived Steinfeldt and gave the hot corner to Heinie Zimmerman, previously a utilityman. A month or so into the season, Johnny Evers broke down due to “Fudge Orgies and Nicotine Sprees”, so Zim slid over to second and Doyle, a 29-year-old rookie, became the third baseman. He played well in 1911; hit .282, 40 extra-base hits, OPS+ of 110, 3.5 BB-Ref WAR. Not bad for a guy who never would have seen a regular job if not for holdouts, nicotine, and fudge.
Less than four months after the 1911 season ended, Doyle was dead.
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