Ralph Francis Boyle
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11½", Weight 170 lb.
- High School Elder High School
- School Xavier University
- Debut September 11, 1929
- Final Game September 29, 1935
- Born February 9, 1908 in Cincinnati, OH USA
- Died November 12, 1978 in Cincinnati, OH USA
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).
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|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|